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Cavazos, Lauro Fred Jr.

Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Administrators, Educators


1927 - Born on January 4th in Kingsville, Texas. American educator.

         - After entering the military at the end of World War II, he returned to the United States and attended Texas Agricultural and Industrial College.

1949-1954 - He earned his B.A. and M.A. in zoology at Texas Tech University and a doctoral degree in physiology from Iowa State University.

         - He married the former Peggy Murdock, and together they had ten children.

1964 - Cavazos was a full professor of anatomy at Tufts University School of Medicine.

1973 - He was an acting dean of Tufts University School of Medicine.

         - The chairman of anatomy department at Tufts University School of Medicine.

1975 - He taught at the Medical College of Virginia and dean of Tufts University School of Medicine.

1980 - He returned to Texas Tech University to become its tenth president, and the first Hispanic and first graduate of the school to hold the office.

         - The president of Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University.

1988 - President Reagan nominated Cavazos for Secretary of Education, and on September 20th he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

         - President George Bush asked him to continue as Secretary following the November election.

         - As Secretary, Cavazos concentrated on reforming American Education through raising the expectations of students, teachers, and parents.

1990 - He remained in the position until resigning in December.


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