Myra Spurgin - 30 Years
A five-minute interview led to 30 years of memories at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry for Myra Spurgin, medical lab technician in diagnostic sciences.
The job interview with Dr. Leon Lewis, then chair of oral diagnosis, is one of her favorite memories from the past 30 years.
"I laugh about my job interview...and remember it like it was yesterday," Spurgin says. "The questions he asked me and the answers I gave him would probably be grounds for dismissal today!"
While walking down memory lane Spurgin recalls the 1995 flood but adds, "One of my favorite memories is more recent; the student kayaking down Nussbaumer with cars floating all around him."
Spurgin's sense of humor and bold spirit serve her well as she goes about her daily duties. She manages the Oral Diagnosis Clinical Laboratory, drawing blood and performing tests for patients and research studies. She also takes radiographs, assists students in radiology and assists with general patient care in oral diagnosis. Her newest task, for the Office of Clinical Affairs, involves infection control as she oversees efforts to sterilize the dental unit waterlines.
Spurgin enjoys working at HSC-BCD because of the challenges and surprises that greet her each day. She views her work at the college as more than a job: Each day is an opportunity to impart knowledge to students and help the patients she is privileged to serve.
When she is not fulfilling her many responsibilities at the school, Spurgin enjoys cooking for her family. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for 30 years. They have two children: a son, Leo, who attends Texas Tech University and a daughter, Katie, who is in high school. Spurgin also enjoys growing cacti and succulents, doing water aerobics and fishing. She certainly caught a good place to work 30 years ago.