Dr. Hector Garcia
Born in Mexico, raised and educated in Texas, Dr. Hector Garcia served in the Army during World War II. He ran his medical practice in Corpus Christi and provided healthcare at low to no cost to impoverished patients. Garcia championed educational and medical benefits. He fought against poll taxes and school segregation. He also founded the American GI Forum. He worked to make Mexican-Americans part of mainstream America. In 1984, Dr. Garcia received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the first Mexican-American to ever do so.
His motto was, “Education is our freedom, and freedom should be everybody’s business.”