President Clinton, who became acquainted with Dr. Garcia while registering
voters in the Rio Grand Valley in 1972, called him "a national hero." Dr. Garcia
fought for half a century for civil and educational rights of
Mexican-Americans. Dr. Garcia is survived by his wife, Wanda; three daughters, Wanda,
Cecilia and Susan; two brothers, Dr. C.P. Garcia of San Antonio, Dr. Xico
Garcia of Corups Christi; three sisters, Dr. Cleotilde Garcia and Dr. Dalia
Garcia, both of Corpus Christi, and Emilia Garcia Garza of Matamoros, Mexico.
A son, Hector Jr., died in 1962 at the age of 13.