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  • published Justice for My People 2023-01-26 07:57:16 -0600

    Justice for My People

    The movie about Dr. Hector's Fight for Justice!

    Get the book about Dr. Hector's inspiring life!

  • published 2022 Legacy Celebration Luncheon in Latest News 2022-02-08 11:50:23 -0600

    2022 Legacy Celebration Luncheon


  • published Support the Legacy 2022-01-26 11:24:42 -0600

    Support the Legacy

    Dr. Hector Compassionate Physician


    How the Foundation is Making a Difference Today!

    scholarship winner

    Donate Today! Make a Difference! Keep the Legacy Alive!

  • Joseph Akers announced as 2021 Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellow


    Four-time joseph akersIslander Alumnus Joseph Akers Announced as 2021 Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellow

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Deemed one of the most pivotal figures in Mexican American history, Dr. Hector P. Garcia (1914-1996) continues to influence research and education through the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship. The fellowship, sponsored by the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation, has been provided annually since 2019 to encourage scholarly research using the Garcia Papers, held in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  Read More

  • published PSA KIII-TV in Latest News 2021-12-19 09:48:54 -0600

  • published 2022 Legacy Luncheon Coverage in Latest News 2021-12-04 14:33:32 -0600

    2022 Legacy Luncheon Coverage

    Kiii News Report

    Caller Times Report

  • published Dr. Hector Interview 2021-10-06 17:07:07 -0500

  • published interview 2021-10-06 16:43:16 -0500

  • published Fellowships 2021-09-14 14:11:26 -0500


    The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship

    The Archives and Special Collections at Bell Library is lucky enough to be the home of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers. Coming in at almost 360 linear feet—the length of a football field—and spanning the doctor’s entire 50+ year career in public life, you can imagine the trove of information and insight this collection represents. In 2018, when the papers came back from a year and a half in Maryland being processed, arranged and described, Dean Cate Rudowsky decided the Library needed to do something to highlight this truly unique and remarkable collection.

    The result was the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship. The Fellowship is a $1,000 award designed to allow the recipient to travel to Bell Library and do research with the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers. Not only does this bring a researcher to the papers, it brings Dr. Hector to the world. By encouraging research into his collection, the Fellowship helps ensure that Dr. Hector’s work for justice and equality is remembered.


    2019 Fellow

    Rosana Vanessa Gomez Pachon

    Master's Thesis






    2020 Fellow

    Dr. Antonio Vásquez

    Lecturer with the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

  • published Library Resources 2021-09-14 13:59:54 -0500

  • published Video & Audio 2021-09-14 13:55:01 -0500

    Video & Audio

    2024 Domingo Live Legacy Luncheon Interview

    The 2024 Legacy Luncheon Video

    The 2023 Legacy Luncheon Video

    The 2023 Dr. Hector P. Garcia Legacy Luncheon / Kiii TV 

    The 2023 Dr. Hector P. Garcia Legacy Luncheon coverage / KRIS  TV

    Kiii TV celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    KRIS TV's Pat Simon celebrates Dr. Hector P. Garcia

    The 2022 Legacy Luncheon Video

    The 2020 Legacy Luncheon video featuring Dr. Hector P. Garcia's wife Wanda Garcia

    The 2019 Legacy Luncheon Video

    President Ronald Reagan awards Dr. Hector P. Garcia the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Kiii TV story on Dr. Hector P. Garcia's Legacy / 2023

    Corpus Christi artist Alison Schuchs created a wonderful portrait of Dr. Hector P. Garcia to celebrate his legacy

    Christus Spohn Ground Breaking on the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center

    Hispanic Heritage Month featuring Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day / Kiii TV 2021

    Hispanic Heritage Month FYI: Dr. Hector Perez Garcia | The View

    The 2018 Legacy Luncheon video

    The 2017 Legacy Luncheon video

    The 2016 Legacy Luncheon Video

    The 2015 Legacy Luncheon Video

    Voice of America / Hispanic Heritage Month-2013

    KEDT the local PBS broadcasting station produced a wonderful documentary on Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s life and ground breaking accomplishments.

    Justice for My People




  • published Presentations in The Mission 2021-09-13 13:34:59 -0500


    The Foundation carries Dr. Hector's message today! 

    Our President, Cecilia Garcia Akers has made dozens of presentations on Dr. Hector's life and legacy, meeting a major educational goal of the Foundation.

    1. 9/16/21-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School Dallas, Texas-Zoom Presentation
    2. 9/15/21-Incarnate Word Academy-CC, Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day Mass honoring Dr. Garcia.
    3. 9/4/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    4. 8/24/21-Testimony provided to Texas House Committee on Public Education in opposition to SB 3 and HB 28
    5. 8/21/21-University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston announcement of the Foundation’s first recipient of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, M.D. scholarship
    6. 8/7/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    7. 7/3/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    8. 6/19/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    9. 5/15/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    10. 4/17/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    11. 4/14/21-Interview for American GI Forum Mid-Year Conference by Yolanda Ayala
    12. 4/6/21-PSA about COVID 19 vaccine for Christus Spohn Health-CC
    13. 4/3/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    14. 3/27/21-Interview for Women’s History Month with KIII TV3-CC
    15. 3/20/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    16. 3/6/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    17. 2/11/21-Zoom Presentation with West Oso High School
    18. 10/1/20-Interview with Jay Wallace WFAA TV Dallas
    19. 9/22/20-Zoom Presentation with MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas
    20. 9/17/20-Dallas Holocaust Human Rights Museum Zoom Presentation
    21. 9/16/20-Interview with KIII TV3 about Dr. Hector P. Garcia Official Texas State Recognition Day
    22. 6/16/20-Radio Presentation on KLUP-San Antonio
    23. 3/20/20-Lecture Texas A&M University-CC Sense of Belonging
    24. 2/21/20-Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education
    25. 1/17//20-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Birthday Celebration
    26. 1/2/2020-KIII TV3 Interview regarding the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Birthday Luncheon
    27. 12/2/2020-University of Texas Medical Center Galveston School of Medicine Dr. Hector P. Garcia Endowed Scholarship Luncheon
    28. 11/23/19-Texas A&M University- CC Book Festival
    29. 11/12/19-Del Mar College-CC Lecture for Mexican American Studies
    30. 11/6/19-University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston School of Health Professionals Endowed Scholarship Luncheon
    31. 10/11/19-University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston Dr. Hector P. Garcia Awards Luncheon
    32. 9/24/19-Lecture Lone Star Collage Cypress, Texas
    33. 9/19/19-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day Luncheon Mercedes, Texas
    34. 9/18/19-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day Luncheon Del Mar College-CC
    35. 9/18/19-Book Talk McAllen Library, McAllen, Texas
    36. 9/4/19-Bullock Texas State History Museum Lecture
    37. 8/30/19-First Fellowship Award Texas A&M University-CC
    38. 8/27/19-South Park Middle School Photo Unveiled of Dr. Hector P. Garcia
    39. 7/20/19-Guest Speaker Mexican American Studies Del Mar College-CC

     More info before this date.

  • published Donors in The Mission 2021-09-13 12:37:12 -0500

  • The Inspiring Life of Texan Hector P. Garcia


    Get your copy of "The Inspiring life of Texan Hector P. Garcia"

    signed by the author Cecilia Garcia Akers

    for a donation of $25.00 free shipping

    allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.


  • published Grants in The Mission 2021-09-13 11:30:29 -0500

    Grants by the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation

    The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation

    raised and distributed nearly $400,000 in Grants and Scholarships

    since its inception to support Dr. Hector's Mission

    Grant Recipients

    Incarnate Word Academy- Corpus Christi, TX

    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX

    Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX

    Del Mar College-Corpus Christi, TX

    University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine-Galveston, TX

    University of Texas Medical Branch Physical Therapy Program-Galveston, TX

    Christus Health System-Corpus Christi, TX

    Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Bend

    YMCA-Corpus Christi, TX

  • published Board of Directors in The Mission 2021-09-13 10:26:32 -0500

    Board of Directors

    Cecilia Garcia-Akers, Foundation President
    Dr. Hector's daughter, Cecilia, is passionate about and committed to preserving and educating others about the legacy of Dr. Hector and its relevance today. She is an experienced fundraiser and has a strong working relationship with both Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and her alma mater, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, both of which will be involved in the scholarship process. She also provides personal interviews, lectures and other speaking engagements to further Dr. Hector's message.

    Phone: (210) 415-5396

    Email: [email protected] 


    Barbara_Hinojosa_Bio_Pic.jpgBarbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Vice President

    Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Ph.D. is a Graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.  In addition, she holds an Associates of Arts degree in Education from McLennan Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas-Pan American, and a Master of Arts in Educational Supervision from the University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa is a resident of Mercedes, TX in the Rio Grande Valley.  Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa has over 20 years experience in education, has held positions such as Classroom Teacher, Dean of Instruction, Campus Principal, Public Information Officer, Parent/Community Specialist, and Director of Migrant Education.  Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa’s experience in education and public service will greatly enhance our Foundation Board.



    Jim Akers, Treasurer
    Jim, Cecilia's husband, has a long history of executive management experience including human resources, budgeting, cash flow analysis and strategic planning. Jim is responsible for researching, organizing and disseminating educational information, fact checking website management and assisting with fundraising.

    Phone: (210) 508-0824

    Email: [email protected]



    Barbara Canales

    Barbara Canales was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. She is the great niece of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. She graduated from Ray High School as valedictorian, and earned a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin.  Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1989, and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston in 1992. In 2004, Barbara formed Canales Exploration LLC, a gas and oil exploration company.  Barbara has served on multiple boards including the Development Board of the University of Texas Austin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi Foundation Board, Texas State Aquarium Board, South Texas Institute of Arts, and the Corpus Christi Port Authority. The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation is honored to have Ms. Canales as a Board member.


    Curtis Clark

    Curtis Clark is presently Asst. Vice President, International Bank of Commerce,  Corpus Christi.  Curtis has been and currently a member/officer of numerous organizations in Corpus Christi. 

    He is Vice President of Coastal Bend Boys and Girls Club, past Vice Chairman of Corpus Christi International Airport Board of Directors, past Vice President Harold C Kaffie Middle School PTA. Currently, Vice President of the Corpus Christi Crime Control & Prevention District Board, 2nd  Vice President H. Boyd Hall Branch Chapter 6168 NAACP, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Champions Chairman, and Vice President Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors while representing CC Black Chamber of Commerce to the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. Curtis is also a proud Military Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy from 1996-2001. We are proud to have Curtis as a Board member.


    Nelly Garcia Blow, D.O., Geriatrician

    CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital – Shoreline

    Dr. Garcia  Blow was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. She completed her medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/ Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency and Geriatric fellowship at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital -Memorial. Dr. Garcia Blow is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics. She now practices in Corpus Christi providing geriatric consults for older injured patients at CHRISTUS Spohn’s Level II Trauma Center.

    Dr. Garcia Blow’s passion is education and improving the lives of our coastal bend communities. She serves on the American Heart Association and is the chair of Hypertension Collaborative aimed at improving blood pressure control in our area. Dr. Garcia Blow also serves as the chair of the medical subcommittee for the Nueces County Opioid Taskforce which is focused on education, prevention, and intervention to tackle the opioid crisis that has affected our area as well as the entire nation.



     Larry Elizondo

    Mr. Elizondo has proven himself a valued leader in the Corpus Christi community with professional accomplishments such as successfully managing over $668 million of public funds, and maintaining an outstanding record while serving the largest employer in Corpus Christi. Larry is an adept negotiator and critical thinker, and has extensive knowledge of industry and government regulations. These skills have allowed Larry to serve the citizens of Corpus Christi in many capacities including serving on a number of boards for organizations such as the Coastal Bend Community Blood Center, the American Heart Association, the Del Mar College Foundation and many others. 

    The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation is honored to have Larry serve on its Board of Directors. 



    Moses Estrada

    Moses Estrada is a graduate of Robstown High School and attended Del Mar College. He proudly served his country in the US Army and worked for Southwestern Bell until his retirement. He owned and operated a real estate office in Kingsville for twenty years and presently is a real estate investor. He has actively served his community by participating in several organizations including the Dr. Hector P. Garcia AGIF of South Texas and is the Commander of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Founders Chapter. Under his leadership, the organization is in its fifth year of awarding scholarships to high school seniors and veterans in Nueces County.  Moses is o-organizer of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia State Holiday celebration in Corpus Christi, Texas.




    Mark Roach

    Mark Roach was born in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from Aransas Pass High School, and Texas A&M University-College Station with a degree in Accounting in 1975.                         

    He was a founding charter member of Coastal National Bank in Aransas Pass, and served as a founding director from 1982-1990.   In addition, Mark served as the Municipal Court Judge in Aransas Pass and was on the bench from 1992 to 1995.  In 1995, he opened a branch location for Dealers Electrical Supply in Corpus Christi.                                                             Mark has extensive civic experiences that include a former member of the Lion’s Club in Aransas Pass, and as a former Religious Education instructor for 15 years at St. Mary’s Star  of the Sea Catholic Church in Aransas Pass.   He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas (Austin), the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Electrical Advisory Board (Austin), the Board of Directors of Associated Builders and Contractors-Texas Coastal Bend Chapter in Corpus Christi and on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Portland.



    Skyler Howell

    Skyler Howell, from Weslaco, TX is our newest member of the Board of Directors.Skyler is pending graduation from UTRGV in 2025 with a degree in Entrepreneurship. He is experienced in leadership, Political Science, and Government. He is very active in the Mercedes Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Director. Skyler was instrumental in securing a proclamation from the City of Mercedes to honor Dr. Hector P. Garcia each September during Hispanic Heritage Month. We welcome Skyler's activism, energy and his ability to organize to achieve positive outcomes.


  • published wanda 2021-09-12 17:16:18 -0500

  • published Sign Up for Updates! 2021-09-08 14:44:02 -0500

    Sign Up for Updates!

    Get information about events for the Hector P Garcia Memorial Foundation as we continue to raise money for scholarships, healthcare and the Hector P Garcia Wing of TAMUCC's Bell Library to house his archive for future scholars.

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  • published under construction 2021-08-26 14:39:50 -0500