Hester, Jeane Porter 1976
International leukemia expert Dr. Jeane Porter Hester of Houston is recognized worldwide for her research in blood diseases and as one of the developers of the Blood Cell Separator which conserves the world's blood supply. Hester has written, or assisted in the writing of, 25 books and more than 125 other writings, mostly on blood diseases. A 1951 graduate of Oklahoma College for Women, Hester was chief of the Pheresis Section in the Department of Hematology at the famed M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. That facility serves as a part of the University of Texas System Cancer Center, where Hester also was a professor of medicine. In November of 1987, Hester was named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Oklahoma Heritage Association. Hester lectures nationally and internationally. She made her third trip to the Soviet Union in early 1988 as part of the National Institute of Health's Soviet-American Exchange Program. There she studied and worked in hematology with Soviet scientists, while a Soviet colleague visited M.D. Anderson Hospital. Hester's mother, a long-time Chickasha resident, and twin sister live in Ardmore.