Ximenes, Edward Treviño (1915–1992)

By: Hercilia X. Toscano

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1996

Updated: August 5, 2020

Edward Treviño Ximenes, physician and civic leader, son of Joe and Herlinda (Treviño) Ximenes, was born in Floresville, Texas, on September 25, 1915. He received his early education at Lodi School and Floresville School. He graduated from high school as salutatorian and received a scholarship to the Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. After attending the Schreiner Institute he entered the University of Texas and received his bachelor's degree in 1937. He was admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he received his medical degree in 1941. His internship took place in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1942 Ximenes entered the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the China-Burma-India theater as a captain and flight surgeon, and he later received the Air Medal with the oak-leaf cluster. After his discharge from the Air Corps Ximenes moved to San Antonio, where he practiced internal medicine for more than forty years. Governor John B. Connally, who was also from Floresville, was a friend and former schoolmate of Ximenes. In 1967 Governor Connally appointed Ximenes to the University of Texas Board of Regents. He became the first Hispanic appointed to that position. A street on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio is named in his honor for his efforts to establish that institution. While a member of the Board of Regents, he was also instrumental in establishing scholarships at UTSA to help young Mexican Americans enter the field of medicine. Governor Connally also appointed him to the State Commission on Aging, and President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the National Advisory Board for the Administration on Aging. Ximenes was 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. He was also a member of the Catholic Church. He married Lucrecia Cano from Galveston in 1941; they had four daughters. The marriage ultimately ended in divorce, and on February 26, 1988, he married Graciela Whitt Garza. He lived in San Antonio until his death on April 27, 1992. He was buried with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

San Antonio Express, November 19, 1967. San Antonio Light, April 30, 1992.

  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Military Physicians and Surgeons and Military Nurses
  • Military
  • Peoples
  • Mexican Americans

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

Hercilia X. Toscano, “Ximenes, Edward Treviño,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/ximenes-edward-trevino.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1996
August 5, 2020

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