Hector Garcia SocietyJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine
The Hector Garcia Society fosters supportive relationships between
students, faculty and the local community in the pursuit of becoming
more than physicians.
Hector P. García embodied Oslerian qualities as a
physician, veteran, diplomat, and a champion for public education. Throughout
his life, Dr. García lived by his motto, “Education is our freedom, and freedom
should be everybody’s business.” Dr. García worked tirelessly to ensure that
all children had equitable opportunities for quality education through
continuously fighting for desegregation, staging school board sit-ins, and
leading school enrollment campaigns for migrant students. As a UTMB alum, Dr.
García continued to make education his business. In the mid-1970’s, Dr. García
was personally invited by former UTMB president Dr. William C. Levin to serve
as a member of the UTMB Alumni Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs. For more
than 10 years, he played an integral role in assisting the admissions committee
in recruiting and welcoming minority students. Dr. García was a distinguished
UTMB alumni who acted with integrity and sought to improve the lives of others
through civic engagement.
A Way of Life
The vision of the Osler Student Societies is to provide developing physicians insight into "A Way of Life", described by Sir William Osler, not through formal lecture, but through the guidance of mentors in contact with students within and outside
their academic setting.