Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1972 Page: 1 of 20
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SERVING STARR COUNTY FOR SO YEARS
TPA AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER
Vol. XXI No. 39 Thursday, September 28, 1972
Rio Granrle City, Texas
NIXON VISIT HIGHLIGHTS SCHOOL YEAR — The visit by President Richard M. Nixon
will certainly highlight the school activities for 1972-1973 for the seniors of Rio Grande
City High School. Nixon is pictured above with high school principal Ruben Saenz as he
was received with a three minute standing ovation as the high school band played "Hail
to the Chief'. Saenz introduced Donald Gebhart who introduced the president to the high
and junior high student bodies. Saenz recalled the visit by the Rio Grande City High
School Student Council to Washington D.C. and remembered the big moment when Nixon
took timeout from his busy schedule to visit with the kids from Texas that year. (Herald
photos by Raul Trejo)
DONALD STANDS PROUD — Donald Gebhart son of Rev. and
Mrs. James Gebhart stands proudly by President Nixon as the
student body prepared to hear Nixon address the two student
bodies. Gebhart, student council president along with Norman
Ramirez had written a letter inviting the president to visit
them if he was in Texas sometime this year. The president
repayed the visit to the school (Herald Photo)
Ramirez receives top TMA
Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Mario Ramirez, a 46-
year-old family practloner re-
ceived Texas Medical Associ-
ation's highest honor Saturday.
He Is the Starr County judge
also heads the Ramirez Mem-
orial Hospital at Roma. The
judge divides his time between
Roma and Rio Grande City,
which is the county seat.
Through the years he has been
a generous benefactor of school
systems in both towns as well
DR. MARIO E. RAMIREZ
as of charitable institutions.
At 1 p.m. Saturday in Austin
he was presented the "Distin-
guished Service Award" of Tex-
as Medical Association (TMA).
The ceremony was the high-
light of the 1972 Conference on
Practical Management in the
TMA has 11,400 members. It
is one of the state's oldest pro-
fessional organizations. Its Dis-
tinguished Service Is the asso-
ciation's highest honor.
The Starr Countian is the
eighth person to receive it and
the first physician of Mexican
Dr. Broswell Locker of
Brownwood is TMA president.
He told The Herald the com-
mittee of prominent Texas phy-
sicians which selected Dr. Ra-
mirez for the award did so
because, "He has established a
standard of excellence in public
service which has reflected
great credit upon his profession
and has won him the respect and
affection of his colleagues."
The Starr Countian handles a
dally patient load of 80 to 100
patients, Dr. Locker said. He
also serves on national and state
appointive bodies in a way which
reflects lustre on the border
area and Its native citizens.
TMA leaders were Impressed
by the honoree's "exemplary
dedication to his patients as in-
dividuals. to his county's health
needs, his high sense of obli-
gation to his civic responsibili-
ties and his constant efforts to
improve the health and econo-
mic status of his fellow citi-
Dr. Braswell pointed out
Starr County is one oftheareas
of lowest per captain Income in
He praised the physician for
"giving of his scarce time to
the demanding office of county
judge in a rural community"
where disinterested citizens of
unusually high professional
standing are few in number.
Dr. Ramirez was cited for
devoting much time as a county
and school medical officer to
promoting improvements in
health conditions among the
His "around the clock" aid
to victims of Hurricane Beulah
won commendations both from
the governor of Texas and the
president of the United States.
Dr. Ramirez is chairman of
TMA's committee on health
care of the poor and a member
of the American Medical Asso-
ciation's health care of the poor
He is a past president of Hi-
dalgo-Starr County Medical So-
Tower speaks tonight
U.S. Senator John G. Tower will speak at the Knights
of Columbus Hall tonight (Thursday) in a meeting open
to the public.
Senator Tower was invited to join a special dinner-
meeting of the Rio Grande City Rotary Club but the
interest to hear him speak on various topics lead to
the public meeting which will be sponsored by the
Rio Grande City Rotary Club and the Knights of Col-
umbus De Saulles Council who is making the hall
available for the meeting.
Senator Tower will arrive at 6:45 p.m. at the local
airport and will be greeted by members of the Rotary
Club who will escort the Senator to dinner with mem-
bers and wife and their guests at the Rattler's Den
Restaurant. The club and Senator Tower will then
travel to the Knights of Columbus Hall where he will
speak on the Vietnam Conflict, War on Poverty and
"In Inviting the public," Club President Cesar Leal
said, ««I hope we have a big crowd at the KC hall to
greet and hear the Senator speak". "I understand that
he will take a non-political attitude about his talk and
this is why we have extended an invitation to the gov-
ernment classes of all our schools especially our high
"We want to assure that everyone is invited to the
Knights of Columbus Hall to hear the Senator speak
and talk with him afterwards," Leal said.
Tower will be Introduced by Raul Trejo who ar-
ranged the entire affair and by Humberto Garcia at
the KC Hall. Garcia is co-program chairman with
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Trejo, Raul. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1972, newspaper, September 28, 1972; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194374/m1/1/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.