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Red boots pay tribute to Red Duke, medical innovator and tall Texan

HOUSTON (November16, 2018)

When the legendary Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr. died in 2015 at the age of 86 it was the end of an illustrious and innovative era of medicine in Houston. The man delivered homespun health advice on nationally syndicated television in an easy, folksy style that was one part cowboy and one part wildcatter. He also founded the Memorial Hermann Life Flight helicopter ambulance system, which has transported countless trauma patients to a hospital just in the nick of time. Now Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is honoring the man who saved thousands of lives during his own time on earth with a special tribute. Vaughn Construction, overseeing the construction of the new Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion at the hospital, has installed a large steel outline of red cowboy boots on the hospital's Memorial Hermann Life Flight helipad on the new pavilion.

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