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Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (b. January 4, 1927, Kingsville, Texasmarker) is a U.S. educator. He served as Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet.

He was born on the King Ranch, Kingsville, Texasmarker, where his father served as foreman of the showcase Santa Gertrudis Division. He was the son of Lauro F. Cavazos Sr. and Tomasa Quintanilla Cavazos. Through his maternal ancestry, he is a descendant of Texas Revolution heroine Francisca Alvarez, the "Angel of Goliad".

He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in zoology from Texas Tech Universitymarker, and a Ph.D. in physiology from Iowa State Universitymarker. While in college, he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Following a stint on the faculties of Tufts Universitymarker and the Medical College of Virginiamarker. From 1975 to 1980, he served as Dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine. From 1980 to 1988, he served as President of Texas Tech University. He was both the first alumnus and the first Hispanic to serve as Texas Tech President.

A Democrat, Cavazos served as Secretary of Education from from August, 1988 to December, 1990 during the Republican Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. He was forced to resign amid an investigation into improper use of frequent flyer miles in December 1990.

Following his resignation, he returned to the faculty of Tufts University where he is currently Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine. He is married to Peggy Ann Cavazos (née Murdock). They have ten children, and currently reside in Boston, Massachusettsmarker. He is the brother of U.S. Army General Richard E. Cavazos.


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