Bob Hord Jr. was working hard during his senior year of pre-med studies at Rice University in 1973 when tragedy struck. During a routine experiment for his major, a lab accident sparked a flash fire that caused second-degree burns over half of his body.

Hord spent the second half of his final year recuperating in a burn unit, unable to continue his studies. Rather than while away the time he needed to rest before reapplying to medical school, Hord opted to pursue a masters degree in healthcare administration at a nearby school.

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