The life of Lauro F. Cavazos

Editor’s note: The Caprock Chronicles edited by Jack Becker, today’s column is more of a personal memory of Scott Sosebee than an official article. Sosby Cavazos personally knew and also admired him as the true “Trailblazer of Texas”. Cavazos died on March 15 at his home in Concord, Massachusetts.

The most prevalent patriotic slogan within the United States is that our nation allows anyone to become what he wants, or to rise to the heights of wealth, fame, prestige, or perhaps all three of them through hard work and perseverance.

Such is the case with Lauro F. Cavazos Jr. The son of a worker at the legendary King Ranch to be president of the Greater Texas University and then the first Latino to serve in the presidential cabinet.


Cavazos was born at King Ranch in South Texas in January 1927. His initial education came at a school for Latino students on the farm, but a change occurred when his parents moved to neighboring Kingsville expressly for the purpose of making sure their children received a proper education.

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