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Names and Places of UTSA: Dr. Edward Treviño Ximenes

December 28, 2015

This month we continue “Names and Places of UTSA,” a blog series on university history, with a post by archives student assistant, Marissa Del Toro.

Portrait of Dr. Edward Treviño Ximenes courtesy of Former Regents of the University of Texas System.

This month we take a look at Dr. Edward Treviño Ximenes, a man who lived an honorable life as a physician and civic leader here in San Antonio. Dr. Ximenes was the first Hispanic member appointed to the Board of Regents for the University of Texas System, as well as an advocate for scholarships to be awarded to young Mexican American students interested in medicine. For his work as both an advocate and inspiration to the community, UTSA recognized his contributions through the naming of a prominent campus street, parking garage and lot after him.

Dr. Ximenes was originally born in Floresville, Texas, on September 25, 1915 to Joe and Herlinda (Treviño) Ximenes. He attended the Lodi School and Floresville School, graduating as salutatorian where he received a scholarship to the Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. After his time at Schreiner, Dr. Ximenes received his bachelor’s degree in 1937 from the University of Texas. His interests in medicine led him to pursue his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1941.

A year after he received his medical degree, Dr. Ximenes joined the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the China-Burma-India theater as a captain and flight surgeon during WWII. The US presence in China and Southeast Asia area was established to assist China in its war with Japan. At the end of his service, Ximenes was awarded the Air Medal with the oak-leaf cluster. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Air Medal by Executive Order 9158 on May 11, 1942. This award is given to any service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who shows commendable achievement while participating in aerial flight.

New regents sworn in by Chief Justice Robert Calvert at the Alumni Center are, left to right, Frank Ikard, Joe Kilgore, and Dr. Edward Ximenes. Courtesy Alcalde, The University of Texas Alumni Magazine, September 1967.

New regents sworn in by Chief Justice Robert Calvert at the Alumni Center are, left to right, Frank Ikard, Joe Kilgore, and Dr. Edward Ximenes. Courtesy Alcalde, The University of Texas Alumni Magazine, September 1967.

Upon his discharge, Dr. Ximenes moved to San Antonio to practice internal medicine, where he stayed for more than 40 years. During this time he was appointed by Governor John B. Connally to the UT System Board of Regents in 1967. He served from July of that year to January 1971. As previously mentioned he was the first Hispanic appointed to the position since the Board of Regent’s establishment in 1881. As regent he was a vocal proponent in the establishment of UTSA in its emerging years but also in the development of UTSA scholarships for young Mexican Americans interested in medicine and science. He was a considerable man, who also served on the National Advisory Board for the Administration on Aging and a member of the Bexar County Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Economic Opportunity Development Corporation of Bexar County, the Model Cities Participation Commission, and the Alamo Area Council of the Health Coordination Committee.

At the end of his term as regent, Dr. Ximenes was described in a resolution as having a great sense of integrity and good judgment that made a vital model for future board members. Dr. Ximenes lived in San Antonio until his death on April 27, 1992; he was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, where he received full military honors. His name and legacy lives on in the prominent road on the south side of campus.

Board of Regents resolution honoring W. H. Bauer, Jack S. Josey, and E. T. Ximenes, M.D.

Bibliography

Hercilia X. Toscano, “XIMENES, EDWARD TREVINO,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fxipu), accessed December 14, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

“Ximenes, Edward Treviño, “Former Regents the University of Texas System (http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/former_regents/regents/Ximenes/homepage.htm), accessed December 14, 2015.

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