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'You can always count on Charlie': East Texas nurse marks 50 years of medical care

By Longview News-Journal  
   October 15, 2021

After having watched expansions of his hospital over the years as well as big changes in equipment and procedures, Charles Beene is celebrating his 50th year of nursing at UT Health Tyler.

Beene, 77, said he knew he wanted to go into medicine after serving in the Army from 1966 to 1968 as an operating room technician. From there, he went to nursing school at Texas Eastern School of Nursing, where he and another student were the first male graduates, he said.

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