UTHSC alumnus, wine expert gives talk to benefit P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


San Antonio (Oct. 28, 2003) – The public is invited to the  Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s 33rd  annual meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, on  the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library at The University of  Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC),  7703 Floyd Curl Drive. This year’s dinner/presentation will  benefit the Nixon Library’s history of medicine collection.  Cost to attend is $35 per person and includes a buffet meal  with two carving stations, hors d’oeuvres, assorted cheese and vegetable platters, fresh fruit, gourmet pastries, and a Colombian coffee station. Complimentary wine will be offered, courtesy of Becker Vineyards.

Guest speaker, Richard A. Becker, M.D., is a 1971 graduate of the Health Science Center’s School of Medicine and a former clinical professor in the department of medicine in the division of endocrinology at the UTHSC. His presentation, “A Brief History of Viticulture and Enology,” will begin with a history of grape-growing practices in the ancient world. He will describe the evolution of these practices through the Middle Ages, into the modern era, and finally to Texas. Dr. Becker served as president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association in 1997 and 1998. As a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and owner of Becker Vineyards, one of the most successful vineyards in the Southwest, Dr. Becker is preeminently qualified to lead his audience to the proper appreciation of premium wines.

The deadline to reserve a seat is Monday, Nov. 10. For more information or to make reservations, contact Special Collections Library Assistant Patricia Brown or Special Collections Librarian Pennie Borchers at (210) 567-2400.

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