Memorial Hermann Northeast’s first volunteer, Barbara Cordray, gets an emotional good-bye from Neonatologist Angel Munoz, MD, and hospital retiree Tom Broad.

Barbara Cordray, a native of Oklahoma, but a 40-year resident of Kingwood, is moving to Oregon to be closer to her sons, both Texas college graduates. Back in 1977, after years of moving around the country with her oil-company-employed husband, Cordray answered a newspaper article asking for volunteers to help staff the new hospital being built just off the two-lane Highway 59 in Humble. Cordray's first office was a trailer housing Human Resources. They were hiring the staff for the hospital, which took its first patients Oct. 7, 1977. Besides being a past president of Northeast’s volunteers, Cordray continued to volunteer two mornings a week and was the volunteer organization’s representative to the Northeast Hospital Authority Board of Trustees. The Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital held a farewell reception for Cordray on Nov. 20 which was attended by many long-time and former hospital volunteers and employees, including Barbara Williamson of Kingwood, also one of the original hospital volunteers who, with her husband Jim, continues to volunteer once a week at Northeast. Retirees Linda Davison, Tom Broad and Neonatologist Angel Munoz, MD, and wife Missy, were among the guests bidding Cordray farewell.