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Klotman with his mother, Phyllis R. Klotman, former dean for women’s affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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Paul Klotman, M.D.: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?

Paul Klotman, M.D.: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?

In honor of Mother’s Day, TMC News asked members of the Texas Medical Center community: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“My mom was not a big advice-giver, but she was a very inspirational person. My mom was one of the first African-American Studies professors in the country. My mom and dad were both deans and a lot of people tell me, ‘Oh, you’re in administration; administration is so bad.’ But my mom believed administration is a good thing, especially if you think about all the things she was able to accomplish as a dean at a time when women had very little opportunity. She was able to create most of the policies about women’s rights, she created safe places for women in academics to succeed, she wrote all the date-rape policies—and I got to see that. She never gave me advice about what to do—ever—but I admired her, so it’s not surprising I’m a dean, too.”

—PAUL KLOTMAN, M.D.
President, CEO, and Executive Dean of Baylor College of Medicine

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