Lauro Cavazos

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Lauro F. Cavazos, Jr.
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Official photograph of Cavazos
4th United States Secretary of Education
In office
September 20, 1988 – December 12, 1990
President Ronald W. Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by William Bennett
Succeeded by Lamar Alexander
Personal details
Born (1927-01-04) January 4, 1927 (age 87)
King Ranch near
Kingsville, Kleberg County
Texas, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Peggy Ann Murdock Cavazos
Children Ten children
Alma mater Texas Tech University
Iowa State University
Profession Educator

Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (born January 4, 1927), is a U.S. educator and politician. He served as Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet.

A sixth-generation Texan, he was born on the King Ranch near Kingsville north of Corpus Christi, Texas, where his father served as foreman of the showcase Santa Gertrudis cattle division.[1] He was the son of Lauro F. Cavazos, Sr., and the former Tomasa Quintanilla. Through his maternal ancestry, he is a descendant of Texas Revolution heroine Francita Alavez, the "Angel of Goliad".

He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in zoology from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in physiology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While in college, he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Following a stint on the faculties of Tufts University and the Medical College of Virginia. From 1975 to 1980, he served as Dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine. From April 15, 1980, to 1988, he served as President of Texas Tech University. He was both the first alumnus and the first Hispanic to serve as Texas Tech president.

A Democrat, Cavazos served as Secretary of Education from August 1988 to December 1990 during the Republican Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. He was forced to resign amid an investigation into improper use of frequent flyer miles in December 1990.

Following his resignation, he returned to the faculty of Tufts University where he is currently Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine. He is married to the former Peggy Ann Murdock. The couple has ten children and currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the brother of U.S. Army General Richard E. Cavazos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Tech to install president April 15", Canadian Record, Canadian, Texas, February 14, 1980, p. 14
Political offices
Preceded by
William J. Bennett
U.S. Secretary of Education
Served under: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush

1988 – 1990
Succeeded by
Lamar Alexander