Tillie Odam Memorial Scholarship
Tillie Odam (1910 – 1996)
Mrs. Eloise “Tillie” Odam was born on April 20, 1910 on her parents’ ranch near Pecos, Texas. In 1914 she moved to Abilene with her parents, George and Ethel Morris. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1927. The following year, Tillie married John Will Odam of San Angelo, Texas. They had one child, John Will Odam Jr. Tillie was one of Abilene’s first medical X-Ray technicians. She helped organize the first society for X-Ray technicians and served as its first president. She was a charter member of the Texas Society of X-Ray Technicians and later served as its president.
From 1930 until 1942, Tillie was head of the X-Ray department at Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene. In 1954, Tillie became the director of the newly established School of Medical Record Technicians, a position which she held until 1978. During her term, Tillie greatly influenced her more than 200 students, who were known as “Tillie’s Girls.” In 1978, she retired from Hendrick Medical Center after 48 years of service. In the span of nearly five decades,
Tillie Odam made a lasting impact on society by touching the lives of her students and patients. Her memory will live on through the Tillie Odam Memorial Scholarship.