The Life of Lauro F. Cavazos

Editor’s Note: The Caprock Chronicles are edited by Jack Becker, Today’s column is more of a personal remembrance by Scott Sosebee than a formal essay. Sosebee knew Cavazos personally and also admired him as a true “Texas Trailblazer.” Cavazos passed away on March 15 at his home in Concord, MA.

The most pervasive national mantra within the United States is that our nation allows anyone to become whatever they want, rise to the heights of wealth, prominence, prestige, or perhaps all three through hard work and perseverance.

Such is the case with Lauro F. Cavazos Jr. a son of a laborer on the legendary King Ranch to be the President of a major Texas university and then the first Latino to ever serve in a Presidential cabinet.


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

A Texas Tech trailblazer: Former University President, Cabinet Secretary Lauro Cavazos dies at 95

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