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Paschal, Frank (1849–1925)

Pat Ireland Nixon Biography Entry

Frank Paschal, physician, son of Franklin L. Paschal, was born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 22, 1849. He grew up in San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico. After reading medicine with Dr. George Cupples of San Antonio, he entered Louisville Medical College and was graduated in 1873, after receiving three of the six prizes offered.

After a few months in San Antonio, Paschal moved to Chihuahua, Mexico, where he soon became the outstanding physician of that area. Among his patients were the most notable people in the state. His work was chiefly surgical, with particular specialization in the removal of bladder stones. His large collection of calculi was later presented to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Paschal married Ladie Napier of San Antonio, and they became the parents of five children. In 1892 he returned to San Antonio, where he was president of the West Texas Medical Society in 1893, health officer of San Antonio from 1899 to 1903, member of the state Board of Medical Examiners from 1901 to 1903, president of the Medical Association of Texas (see TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION) in 1903, a charter member of the American College of Surgeons in 1914, and president of the Texas Surgical Society in 1920. He founded the Associated Charities of San Antonio and aided in building the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital. He was one of the first to appreciate the seriousness of tuberculosis in Texas, and it was mainly through his efforts that the hospital at Carlsbad was established.

In addition, Paschal carried on a busy practice of surgery. He contributed many articles to medical journals, and for years he worked in close conjunction with the Medical Association of Texas in matters of public health, medical education, and improvement of the medical profession. He died on December 20, 1925, and was buried in San Antonio. He was survived by two daughters and two sons; the two sons were physicians.

Pat Ireland Nixon, A Century of Medicine in San Antonio (San Antonio, 1936). George Hugh Paschal, The Public Service Aspect of the Medical Career of Dr. Frank Paschal in San Antonio, 1893–1925 (M.A. thesis, Trinity University, 1956).


  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • General Practitioners

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Pat Ireland Nixon, “Paschal, Frank,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 27, 2020,

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