The Washington Post’s gifted columnist Theresa Vargas wrote a moving and informative piece in its October 1 (Sunday) edition that explores the Tucker family’s ongoing efforts to get Virginia Commonwealth University to honor Bruce Tucker's contributions to heart transplantation – and much more.
Her column features an interview with family representative Gayle Turner – a cousin of Bruce who knew him well. “What happened 55 years ago shattered and changed the trajectory of our family’s life,” Gayle says. “These are things that trouble the soul. They haunt and traumatize the mind.”
Read more to learn some of the ideas she shared for addressing the family’s concerns, including adding Bruce Tucker’s name “everywhere that the university [mentions] the surgeons who performed the transplant.”
Vargas also included my views on the topic and other efforts to flip the “official” script of the 1968 heart transplant and the 1972 civil trial which left the family with nothing -- as revealed in THE ORGAN THIEVES.
Please SAVE THE DATE: On Monday, November 6 at 6 p.m. I’ll deliver a free, public lecture at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland in the Dollar Tree Community Room of Brock Commons on the college’s campus. There'll be time for your questions, too.
Thanks for your continued interest and support!
Chip Jones is an award-winning author, journalist and former communications director of the Richmond Academy of Medicine. The Organ Thieves is his fourth book.