This 1932 document announces Dr. Garcia’s graduation from Mercedes High School. One high school teacher told him that because he was Mexican she would not give him an A.
Dr. Garcia, shown here in a graduation portrait, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin before starting his doctorate work.
This diploma marks Dr. Garcia’s graduation from the University of Texas at Galveston with a doctorate in medicine in 1940.
Unable to find an internship at a Texas hospital because of his ethnicity, Dr. Garcia (seated, far right) moved to Omaha, Nebraska for his residency. Here he poses with fellow interns at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Although he encountered persistent racism from teachers and institutions, Dr. Garcia attained the highest levels of education. He was one of the few Mexican American students admitted to the University of Texas at Galveston’s medical school in the 1930s. In addition to his studies, Dr. Garcia organized a disease-prevention program for Galveston’s Latino population, engaging in community outreach work that would define his medical career.