A message from the incoming president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library:Dr. Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D.

It is my honor and duty to serve as the President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, beginning in November of 2010.  I have worked alongside Tom Nixon, the son of P.I. Nixon, Jr., for many years at Trinity.  Nixon memorabilia is housed in the Rare Books section of Trinity University’s Coates Library.   Some of my lectures at Trinity were greatly influenced by access to the histology collection found in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Members of the board of directors of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library include, left to right, Dr. Charles Sargent, member-at-large; Dr. David Cappelli, president-elect; Rajia Tobia, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Julie K. Brown, past-president; and Dr. Robert Blystone, president. Not shown are Dr. Philip T. Valente, Dr. Charleen M. Moore and Dr. Richard Luduena, all past-presidents, as well as Dr. Adelita Cantu and Dr. James Henry, members-at-large.

It has been my impression that the Nixon Library is a treasure that needs to be spaded by the larger educational community in the San Antonio area. Several educational touch-points should be identified from the various college campuses in the area. The Special Collections could prosper by bringing a select group of college instructors to the library so that they can realize how these wonderful materials can support their teaching and learning efforts.

A second opportunity to pursue is to inform the older members of the medical community that historical medical books they may own might find their way to the Nixon collection.

I would appreciate your help in forwarding these objectives. Please contact me should you have suggestions as to how we might build on the strengths of the collection and use of the facility. I hope that during my tenure as President, The Friends can add to the legacy begun by P.I. Nixon, Sr.

Thank you .

– Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D. –

rblyston@trinity.edu, (210) 999-7243

Dr. Blystone is a member of a team that teaches the Integrative Biology course program at Trinity University.  He also teaches upper division classes in microanatomy and developmental anatomy.