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EFRAIN HECTOR GARCIA RIO GRANDE CITY - Efrain Hector Garcia passed away November 19, 2012 in McAllen, Texas. He was born on May 5, 1925. His parents were Jesus Garcia-Munoz and Maria Reyes Garcia (nee Ramirez-Paredes) of Rio Grande City, Texas who preceded him in death. He had three sisters-Isabel James,( deceased) Dalia Brown and Celinda Manibusan. Nieces and nephews include, Edward James, Charles James, Eric James, Jerr James, Jeanne Lowe (nee James), Jeannie James (deceased), William M. Brown, III (deceased), Edward M. Brown, Deborah (nee Brown) William H. Brown, and Kimberly Anna Manibusan and innumerable grandnephews and nieces. Efrain attended the Rio Grande City Public School from which he graduated on May 31, 1943. Thereafter, he was an employee of the Central Power and Light Company from which he resigned to attend Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1951 he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and in 1952 with a Master's Degree. While at TCU he was a member of PHI Sigma Lota, a foreign language association. In 1952 he joined the United States Army and attended the Counter Intelligence Corps School in Ft. Holibird, Maryland. Upon finishing the required courses he was assigned as a Special Agent to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Development Project at Sandia Base, New Mexico. He was granted an early discharge to attend The Georgetown School of Foreign Service. In 1955 he decided to begin an education career with the McAllen Independent School District from which he resigned to return to the Rio Grande City Independent School district where he remained for two years. He served for over ten years with an agency of the United States Government and was posted to embassies in Iceland, Morocco, the Philippines, France and Germany from which he resigned to return to teaching in the United States. In 1967 he started teaching in the Philadelphia Public School and was granted a college teaching degree by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to teach history at the University level. He resigned to return to teaching with the Rio Grande City CISD for the remainder of his life. He attended Pan American University where he finished the course in Supervision, Mid-Management and Superintendent Certification. He was named by the Governor of Texas, Mark White, as a member of The Committee on Children and Youth to advise the Governor on the problems of children and youth. He was also appointed a charter member to the Texas Association of Classroom Teachers to write the constitution that set up the organization. While with the Rio Grande City CISD he held the following positions-teacher for the Title I Program, Curriculum Coordinator for Federal Programs, Headstart Coordinator, Coordinator of Federal Programs, Administrative Assistant for Curriculum and finally Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from which he resigned to return to teaching at the High Schoollevel-French, Spanish and Special Education. He taught at Pan American University from September 1979 to May 1981. Efrain was a member of the Region I, ESC Advisory Committee to assist the member districts. He served on the Advisory Committee from March 1980 to March 1981. Mr. Efrain Garcia was a member of the Century Club of Texas Christian University, The Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading, The American and Texas Association of School Administrators, The American and Texas Association for Curriculum Development. He was also active in the Migrant Club and for seven years did volunteer work during the summer with the Project Smart for Migrant Students. Funeral mass will be at Immaculate Conception Church in Rio Grande City on November 21, 2012 (with time pending) and burial will follow at Rio Grande City Cemetery. Sanchez Funeral Home of Rio Grande City is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Nov. 21, 2012
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