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Jack Curry Redman oral history collection

Identifier: HHC 64

Scope and Content

This interview with Dr. Jack C. Redman (1924-1994), a family practitioner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, focuses on his forty years of medical practice in that community. Reared in Albuquerque, Dr. Redman comments in the interview on subjects of his youth--Albuquerque High School and the University of New Mexico in the 1930's and 1940's--and on his educational background and medical preparation. Among the many other subjects discussed are the Albuquerque medical community of the 1940s and 1950s, including detailed discussion of many physicians, Meldrum Wylder most particularly; the medical facilities of the city; the birth and development of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine; as well as the New Mexico Skin Cancer Project.

I. Oral History 1987: This series contains the final transcript of the oral history and two audio cassette tapes as well as a black and white photograph of Dr. Redman.

II. Newspaper Clippings 1965-1994: This series contains miscellaneous news clippings regarding the career of Dr. Redman and memorial articles after his 1994 death.

III. Miscellaneous 1951, 1987, 1994: This series contains an article authored by Dr. Redman in 1987, a 1991 Christmas poem by Redman and his 1950 application for a medical license in New Mexico.


  • 1987

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Access Restrictions

The collection is available for research and open to the public.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biography or History

Born in Alamosa, Colorado on September 20, 1924, Jack Curry Redman (1924-1994) moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of five. As a self-proclaimed University of New Mexico "faculty brat," Dr. Redman, whose mother, Bess Redman, was a voice professor at the university, had a lifelong connection to UNM and the Albuquerque area. Dr. Redman attended Albuquerque High School, where he was quarterback on the football team and played against future governor of New Mexico Bruce King. He enrolled at the University of New Mexico as a pre-medical student but was called to duty with the United States Navy one semester shy of his graduation in 1945. In 1987, forty-two years after his expected graduation from UNM, Dr. Redman received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.

After his military service, Dr. Redman completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Boulder, Colorado. In 1946 he started medical school at the University of Colorado, where he graduated with his M.D. in 1950. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Redman accepted an internship at the United States Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia and served in the Korean War for fourteen months. It was during his internship that Dr. Redman delivered his first babies and made the decision to go into family practice. In 1951, Dr. Redman returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico to open a private practice in general and family medicine. Over his many years of practice he would deliver more than 3,000 babies.

During his forty years of medical practice, Dr. Redman became a prominent activist, both locally and nationally. He ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in 1962 and then again in 1964. In the summer of 1967, Redman served sixty days in Vietnam with the Volunteer Physicians for Vietnam of the American Medical Association, where he provided medical care to injured civilians. As a result of his volunteer service in Vietnam, Jack Redman received the New Mexico Medical Society's P.H. Robins Community Service Award. In 1975, Dr. Redman was honored for being the first doctor to successfully treat pneumocystis carinnii in a young Vietnamese girl in Albuquerque. In 1977, Dr. Redman initiated the development of the New Mexico Skin Cancer Project, which focused on educating the people in the state about the risk of skin cancer. His involvement led him to lecture in several foreign countries and placed Dr. Redman at the forefront of melanoma education. In addition to numerous other honors, in 1988, he was awarded the American Cancer Society's St. George Medal in recognition of outstanding contribution to the control of cancer. In 1985, Dr. Redman presented a resolution entitled "The Total Woman Resolution" that recommended an annual cervical cancer examination for women rather than the standard every three years. Dr. Redman's advocacy of the resolution influenced the American Medical Association's 1987 recommendation for annual breast and pelvic exams for women. Jack Redman remained active in educating the public about the risks of cancer until his death on September 15, 1994.


1 oversized folder and 2 audio tapes


This collection contains the oral history interview with Dr. Jack Redman conducted by University of New Mexico professor Dr. Jake Spidle in 1987. Dr. Redman practiced medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico for forty years. He served sixty days in Vietnam with the Volunteer Physicians for Vietnam of the American Medical Association, where he provided medical care to injured civilians, was active in New Mexico Skin Cancer Project, was a Republican candidate for office, and educated the public about the risks of cancer. The collection includes the final transcript of the interview and two audio tapes.

Related Archival Material

Albuquerque Visiting Nursing Service, staff [graphic]. PH 180 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Bernalillo County Medical Society [graphic]. PH110 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Fred H. Hanold Oral History Collection. HHC59FL975 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Jerome Greenblatt Oral History. HHC84FL1293New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Lawrence H. Wilkinson Photographs. PH 021New Mexico Health Historical Collection. New Mexico Physicians, Licensed 1940 to date [graphic]. PH 107 New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

Separated Material

Audio tapes are stored in the Special Collection Annex.


Contact Information

  1. UNM Health Sciences Center
  2. Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, MSC09 5100, 1 University of New Mexico
  3. New Mexico Health Historical Collection
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: (505) 272-8873
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Processing Information

The collection was processed by Janet Johnson.
Finding Aid of the Jack Curry Redman Oral History Collection, 1987
Processed by Prepared by Peggy McBride
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States