Minter, Merton Melrose (1903–1977)

By: Patricia L. Jakobi

Type: Biography

Published: April 1, 1995

Merton Melrose Minter, internist and chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, was born in Jewett, Texas, in 1903 and raised in Corsicana. He earned a B.A. at the University of Texas in 1925 and an M.D. at the UT Medical Branch in 1928. He did postgraduate work at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and the International Post-Graduate Medical Assembly, of which he was president in 1953. After an internship at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri (1928–29), he moved to San Antonio to practice internal medicine. He opened the Minter Clinic in that city in 1932 and continued to work there until his death. Minter was active in the Texas Medical Association throughout his career; he was cochairman of the Public Relations Committee when it was formed in 1943 and chairman of the Section on Medicine in 1948. He was elected to the TMA board of trustees in 1946 and acted as vice chairman before his election to a two-year term as chairman in 1951. He also belonged to the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Bexar County Medical Society, American Diabetic Association, and American Heart Association. Minter was a member of the San Antonio Medical Foundation board of trustees from 1956 until his death and was chairman from 1971 to 1976. He was appointed a regent of the University of Texas System in 1955 and was chairman of the board from 1959 to 1961. During his tenure he was instrumental in the decision to build a UT medical school in San Antonio. Minter's efforts were also important in securing other medical facilities in the San Antonio area, including Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, Bexar County Hospital, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, Villa Rosa Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Center, San Antonio Community Hospital, the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. He received the University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1970 and was posthumously presented the 1977 Golden Deeds Award of the Exchange Club of San Antonio. Minter died of viral encephalitis on September 5, 1977, in San Antonio. He was survived by his wife, Katherine, and two sons.

Texas Medicine, November 1977. San Antonio Express, September 7, 1977. San Antonio Light, September 7, October 27, 1977.
  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internal Medicine Physicians

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Patricia L. Jakobi, “Minter, Merton Melrose,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 19, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995

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