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Dr. Lydia Villa Komaroff

Professor of Neurology and Associate Vice President for Research Administration at Northwestern University, internationally recognized molecular biologist Dr.Lydia Villa Komaroff earned her doctorate in biology from MIT. SHe also worked as an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Her work in molecular biology has been published in more than 60 reviews and articles as well as in the book “Invisible Frontiers: The Race to Clone the Insulin Gene” by Stephan Hall. Overseeing the research functions at Northwestern University, she has chaired many committees including the first human brain transplant studies. Committed to minorities in science, she is...

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Lauro Cavazos Jr.

Born on the fabled King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas in 1927. Lauro Cavazos was Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine prior to becoming president of Texas Tech University in 1980. In 1988, Cavazos was appointed US Secretary of Education by President Reagan. The first Hispanic name to a cabinet-level position, he was reappointed the following year by President Bush. A crusader in raising the awareness of the educational inadequacies of Hispanics in the U.S., Cavazos was instrumental in persuading President Bush to sign the executive order creating the President’s Council on educational Excellence for Hispanic...

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Charlie Sheen

Hollywood’s highest-paid Hispanic actor, bad boy Charlie Sheen made his acting debut at age 9 and a TV movie starring his father, Martin Sheen. Dropping out of high school to further purposes film career, he made his Motion Picture debut in “Grizzly 2: The Predator.” During the 1980s, he starred in such hits as “Red Dawn,” “Lucas” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and archived star status for his role in “Platoon” in 1986. Starring and such comedies as “Major League” and “Hot Shots” action thrillers including “The Three Musketeers” and “The Rookie” and the drama “Cadence,” he has established...

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Eleuterio Escobar

Thirty years prior to the social movement of the 60’s, Eleuterio Escobar began to document the educational inequalities between Hispanic and Anglo students in San Antonio Texas. He presented his findings to the state, which revealed that the Hispanic West side of the city housed 12,334 students in eleven schools on 24 acres of land and we’re allocated 35% of the cities total investment. The Anglo Eastside housed 12,224 students in 28 schools on 82 acres and were allocated 65% of the cities investment. His findings prompted a $900,000 remedy through his work relates to events in San Antonio,...

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Roberto Cardenas

Photo courtesy of miramarcemetery.com Earning his pilot’s wings months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roberto Cardenas was sent overseas as a B-24 pilot where he was wounded during a bombing mission. Returning to the US, he became involved in pioneering and testing new jet aircraft while working on an advanced degree in mechanical engineering. In 1955, Cardenas was named commander of three Air Force units in Okinawa before serving as chief of USAF headquarters. In 1964, he returned to Okinawa as commander of the 18th tactical Wing before being promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as vice-commander of...

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