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Biographical Note

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Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1. Biographical Materials, camera collection, book collection

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Collection



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Ramirez, Mario E., 1926-
Title: Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Collection
Inclusive dates: 1960-2008
Abstract: Dr. Mario E. Ramirez is a retired family physician who practiced medicine in Starr County, Texas for 43 years. He established the first hospital in the county at Roma in 1958, and later, as Starr County judge, helped lead the effort to build Starr County Memorial Hospital, which opened in Rio Grande City in 1975. Dr. Ramirez served as Starr County judge from 1969 until 1978. He was also appointed by Gov. Bill Clements to a term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents from 1989 until 1995. Dr. Ramirez has been honored by U.S. presidents including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. Dr. Ramirez also served as Vice President for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, where he established the Med/Ed Program, which has encouraged over 2,000 students in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Laredo to pursue health science careers. The Ramirez collection includes biographical materials; photographs; correspondence; diplomas and awards received; medical reference texts and journals; miscellaneous writings; addresses to students, medical societies, and community organizations; and ephemera related to the medical profession. Several addresses discuss the state of healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley during the period of 1950 - 1979.
Identification: MS 25
Extent: 15 cabinets, 40 linear feet
Language: Marterials are in English.>
Repository The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, Harlingen, TX

Biographical Note

Dr. Mario E. Ramirez is a retired physician from Roma, Texas. As a young physician who returned to his home community to practice medicine, Dr. Mario E. Ramirez played a pivotal role in bringing formal health care to Starr County, Texas. Located in the western edge of the Rio Grande Valley, Starr County is bordered by Hidalgo County (McAllen) Jim Hogg County (Hebbronville) to the north, and Zapata County (Zapata) to the west. The Rio Grande River serves as its boundary with Mexico to the south.

Dr. Ramirez attended high school in Roma, Texas. He graduated in 1942 and enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1944, he accepted early enrollment to The University of Tennessee School of Medicine and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1948. He then accepted a mixed residency appointment at Shreveport Charity Hospital and married Sarah Aycock, a student nurse at Shreveport Children’s Hospital in 1949.

In 1950, after the completion of his residency, Dr. Ramirez and his wife relocated to Roma to establish the first family practice clinic in the community. While practicing medicine in Roma, Dr. Ramirez elected to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. He and his family relocated to Tokyo, Japan where Dr. Ramirez would serve from 1955-1957.

Following his service in the Air Force, Dr. Ramirez and his family moved back to Roma. Soon after in August 1958, he opened the first hospital in Starr County to better serve the needs of the patients in his family practice clinic. Named after his grandfather, The Manuel Ramirez Memorial Clinic and Hospital operated until 1975. Physicians, surgeons and other specialists traveled to Roma on a regular basis to meet the needs of patients who could not travel to a larger city for health care. Previously, the only hospitals had been 55 miles to the east in McAllen or 90 miles to the west in Laredo.

In 1967 Dr. Ramirez, then the county’s Public Health Service Director, found himself leading the effort to aid nearly 14,000 refugees who had escaped flooding caused by Hurricane Beulah. Hurricane Beulah made landfall in the Rio Grande Valley as a major Category 3 hurricane that dumped record rainfall on the area. Dr. Ramirez and another physician cared for refugees for two days before outside help arrived. Shortly after, Dr. Ramirez received a special citation from the U.S. Surgeon General for his efforts to help his community recover from Hurricane Beulah.

In 1969 Dr. Ramirez was appointed to the position of Starr County Judge, a role he filled until 1978. As Starr County Judge, Dr. Ramirez was instrumental in managing the construction of a new, modern hospital, and helped to create a hospital taxation district to support its operation. On February 15, 1975, the day the Ramirez Hospital closed its doors in Roma, the Starr County Memorial Hospital opened in Rio Grande City.

During his career, Dr. Ramirez made it his goal to bring the needs of medically underserved Texans to the attention of several United States presidents and numerous state and federal medical organizations. Dr. Ramirez’s appointments and honors include president of Texas Medical Association (the first Hispanic to serve in this capacity), Family Doctor of the Year (announced by President Jimmy Carter), vice chairman of the Committee on Health Care of the Poor (American Medical Association), regent of the Military Medical School in Bethesda (an appointment by President Ronald Reagan), and regent of The University of Texas System (an appointment by Gov. Bill Clements) from 1989-1995 (UT Health Science Center News 2006).

Motivated by the professional isolation he experienced as a country doctor and the severe shortage of health professionals in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Ramirez proposed the creation of the Med-Ed Program during his tenure as UT Health Science Center Vice President for South Texas Programs. In the latter part of his career, Dr. Ramirez established and nurtured the Med-Ed Program. This program has inspired more than 2,200 students in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo with the message that college and health science careers are attainable. In 2007 Dr. Ramirez celebrated his retirement from the UT Health Science Center, where Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, then President of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, spoke of the significance of Dr. Ramirez's contributions to the advancement of medical education in South Texas, calling him "one of the greatest heroes that Texas has produced."

Sources:

UT Health Science Center News February 21, 2006, and documents in the Ramirez Collection.

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Scope and Contents

The Ramirez Collection spans the years 1950 to 2008 and includes biographical materials, including personal essays, photographs and articles published about Dr. Ramirez and his work in the Rio Grande Valley, and plaques and certificates honoring him. Correspondence includes letters regarding charities, appointments to various positions, accolades, and other personal correspondence. Medical writings include articles published in medical journals as well as addresses delivered to various medical societies. The collection also includes cameras, microscopes, and other ephemera and some bound books and journals. Dr. Ramirez was an amateur photographer, and the majority of photos in the collection were taken, developed and printed by him. The photographs related to Hurricane Beulah were taken by George F. Tuley, who was a teacher in Rio Grande City in 1967. He later went on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized in one series in 15 cabinets holding 40 linear feet and numerous framed photographs located in the Sarah and Mario E. Ramirez Reading Room at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, Texas.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access

Some materials are very brittle or torn on the edges and may require an electronic copy or photocopy for use.

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Index Terms

Persons
Ramirez, Mario E., 1926-
Tuley, George F.
Organizations
American Board of Family Practice
American Medical Association
Texas Medical Association
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Texas System. Board of Regents
United States Army
Subjects
Hurricane Beulah, 1967
Hurricanes - Texas
Public Health – Texas
Physicians – Texas
History of Medicine – Texas
Kodak camera
Hasselblad camera
Nikon camera
Japan – photographs
Vietnam – photographs
Pakistan – photographs
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.) – photographs
Mexico City (Mexico) – photographs
Yucatán (Mexico : State) - photographs

Document Types

Correspondence
Photographs
News Clippings
Articles

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Collection, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Provenance

Materials in this collection were donated in 2008 to the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library by Dr. Mario and Sarah Ramirez.

Collection History

Received as a donation from Dr. Mario and Sarah Ramirez in 2008.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Alma S. Garcia, Kathleen Carter, and Anne Comeaux, April 2011.

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Detailed Description of Collection

 

Series 1. Biographical Materials, camera collection, book collection

Cabinet Item
1 1 Presidential Award of Merit. American Academy of Family Physicians. Presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. for Exemplary Service to the Specialty of Family Practice in Texas. Plaque . (1994).
2 Hurricane Beulah #1. Photograph album. (1967)
3 Hurricane Beulah #2. Photograph album. (1967)
4 Aitken, J. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (Vol. I). London: J. Murray, Fleet-Street, 1786.
5 Andral, G. A Treatise on Pathological Anatomy (Vol. II). (R. Townsend, & W. West, Trans.) New York: Samuel Wood & Sons, 1892.
6 Duparcque, F. A Treatise on the Functional and Organic Diseases of the Uterus. (J. Warrington, Trans.) Philadelphia: Desilver, Thomas & Co, 1837.
7 Eberle, J. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine (Vol. I & II), (J. Warrington, Trans.). Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliot, 1838
8 Tyrrell, F. The Lectures of Sir Astley Cooper, Baronet, F.R.S., Surgeon to the King, and on the Principles and Practice of Surgery with Additional Notes and Cases. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, 1835.
Cabinet Item
2 1 India. Photograph album. (1956)
2 Japan Kyoto Geishas. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
3 Japan Cherry Blossoms Geishas. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
4 Japan Fuji View, Fujia Nikko. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
5 Japan Country, Rural. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
6 Japan 6048 USAF, TIA. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
7 Japan, Tokyo. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
8 Japan, Mt. Fuji, Karisawa. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
9 Vietnam and Pakistan. Photograph album. (1955-1957)
10 Washington and Ramirez Family. Photograph album. (1961-1962)
11 San Francisco, Volume 1, Ford Motor. Photograph album. (1963)
12 Eastern U.S., New York, Philadelphia. Photograph album. (1964)
13 Western U.S., Disneyland, Yosemite. Photograph album. (1968)
14 Midwest U.S., Chicago, North Dakota, Carlsbad, Grand Canyon. Photograph album. (1968)
15 Eastern U.S., Florida. Photograph album.
16 San Francisco, Monterrey Peninsula. Photograph album. (1975)
17 Mexico City, Yucatan, Ramirez/Evans. Photograph album. (1976)
Cabinet Item
3 1 No. 1a Pocket Eastman Kodak Folding Bellows Roll Film Camera. 1921
Description from Dr. Ramirez: “This is a 1921 No. 1a Pocket Eastman Kodak folding bellows roll film camera. It was owned by my father, Mr. Efren Ramirez and used extensively by him between 1926 and 1940. It produced excellent photographs. We are grateful to him because he left many photographic images of myself, my sister, and my two younger brothers. Undoubtedly this is what motivated my initial and very early interest in photography.”
2 Nikon F2 Single Lens Reflex 35mm Camera.
Description from Dr. Ramirez: “Single lens reflex 35mm cameras became popular between 1959-1996. With the introduction of the Nikon F cameras, Nikon was one of the leaders. These cameras were revolutionary and were soon used by amateurs as well as professionals. In 1972 the Nikon F2 and the F2 Photomic were introduced. The camera in this cabinet was used extensively in the 70’s and 80’s. It produced outstanding pictures. (Kodachrome slides as well as black and white photos). Serious digital cameras were introduced to the photography industry between 1991 and 1995. The use of 35mm single lens cameras decreased rapidly as most photographers turned to digital cameras, digital photography and the computer.”
3 Hasselblad 500EL Camera.
Description from Dr. Ramirez: “In early 1960 Walter Shirra was a bright young man who aspired to be an astronaut. He was also an amateur photographer and he bought a Hasselblad 500c camera in Houston. Shortly thereafter as an astronaut he heard some space scientists discussing what they believed would be an ideal space camera. He was of the opinion that his camera fit the description, and he took it with him when he boarded the Sigma 7 Mercury Rocket Ship in October 1962. The flight achieved six orbits around the world. The camera performed perfectly and the pictures that he brought back exceeded expectations because of their clarity, sharpness, and overall beauty. NASA and the Hasselblad Company decided to work together to develop the ideal space camera. The Hasselblad 500EL was born. On July 29, 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin took the camera with them on their world famous Apollo XI flight. The landing and the moon walks were duly recorded. These pictures were transmitted around the world, and the event, the astronauts, NASA and the camera became worldwide famous.”
Cabinet Item
4 1 Denton Cooley, M.D. Framed photograph.
2 Philip Thorek, M.D. Framed photograph.
3 Cooley, Denton. Essays of Denton A. Cooley, M.D. Austin: Eakin Press, 1984.
Signed by the author.
4 Thorek, Philip. Anatomy in Surgery. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1962.
2 copies.
5 Thorek, Philip. A Surgeon’s World: The Autobiography of Max Thorek, M.D. 11th ed. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1943.
Signed by the author.
6 Thorek, Philip. Atlas of Surgical Techniques. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.
Signed by the author.
7 Thorek, Philip. Surgical Diagnosis. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott. 1956.
2 copies.
One copy signed by the author.
Cabinet Item
5 1 Microscope which belonged to Dr. Mario E. Ramirez. Labeled: Spencer Buffalo, U.S.A.
2 Microscope which belonged to Dr. Mario E. Ramirez. Labeled: Spencer Buffalo, U.S.A.
3 Corgard pharmaceutical patient education booklet on miscellaneous heart disease topics.
Cabinet Item
6 1 Catalog on the Exhibition. Gunther von Haggens’ Body Worlds, The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. Book.
2 The Wonderful Human Machine. Book.
3 Honor Student Banquet, The Triumph of Dignity. Photograph album. November 14, 1991.
4 Japan, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Volume 2. Photograph album. 1976.
5 Texas Medicine Proud Heritage, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., President Texas Medical Association. Desktop nameplate.
5 Starr County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Addition dedication to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Commemorative plaque. (1977)
7 Lab Achievement Award presented to Mario E. Ramirez. Commemorative plate. (1978)
8 Regional Academic Health Center. Commemorative brick. (June 28, 2002).
9 Decorative brick imprinted with the image of two javelinas.
10 Commemorative gavel. Labeled: Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., President 1975-1976.
Cabinet Item
7 1 Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera.
Description from Dr. Ramirez: “The Polaroid Company is widely known throughout the world as the procedures of “instant photography.” In 1972 The Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, was introduced to the public. Polaroid spent $240 million developing this SX-70 system, and financial problems began. In 1976 Polaroid produced more than six million cameras, and Polaroid sales topped the one billion mark. In 1986 Polaroid introduced the SPECTRA series and film and many innovations followed, but the competition from digital cameras was too great and Polaroid camera sales continued to decline. Polaroid filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 2008.”
2 Kodak Speed Graphic Camera.
Description from Dr. Ramirez: “This is a very old Speed Graphic camera that used cut film 3 ¼ x 4 ¼. It was manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company and was used by press photographers and serious amateurs throughout the world. It was used extensively during wartime in the frontlines. It produced excellent black and white photographs.”
3 Eastman View Kodak Bellows Portrait Camera.
Description from Dr. Ramirez: “This bellows portrait camera was manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company sometime between 1920 and 1930. My grandfather, Manuel Ramirez’s brother and wife died at a young age. Manuel built a home adjoining his own residence in Roma so that his two nieces and one nephew (Herminia, Ernestina, and Ruben) could live close by. He bought this camera for Herminia hoping that she might be able to operate a small portraiture studio in Roma. It was an Eastman View, F1 improved Mode, Century View. It has a Wolensak Volta F8 lens, and it used 5"x7” cut film.”
Cabinet Item
8 1 Printed Camera Descriptions in Red Oxford Folder.
2 The Hasselblad Camera and Space Travel. Man’s First Walk on the Moon (July 1969).
3 Certificate of Appointment Presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. from the United States Department of Agriculture.
4 State of Texas, Office of the Governor, “Border Texan of the Year”, Hidalgo, Texas. March 1, 1995.
Certificate signed by George W. Bush.
5 NHMA, National Hispanic Medical Association, March 21, 1998. Plaque.
6 Outstanding Texas Leader Award, Plaque. 1989.
7 CD including digital photographs labeled, "The University of Texas at Austin, Select Photos, 1990-2006."
Burned 12-07.
8 CD including digital photographs labeled, "Dedication, Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary School, Rio Grande City, 2/15/06."
9 CD including digital photographs labeled, "Minorities in Medical Education in South Texas: A Physician’s Perspective."
10 CD including digital photographs labeled, "Texas Wild Flowers, Spring 2001 to 2005, M. E. Ramirez, M.D."
11 CD including digital photographs labeled, "The University of Texas at Brownsville & Texas Southmost College."
12 CD including digital photographs labeled, "UT Austin, M. Ramirez, M.D. Distinguished Alumnus Award 1975."
13 One Black Nikon Case for Camera, with Nikon instruction manual.
14 One brown/beige camera case with a long strap.
15 Antique Kodak Box.
16 One black Polaroid camera case.
17 One booklet on Hasselblad camera and instruction manual.
Cabinet Item
9 1-41 CIBA Clinical Symposia Vol 2 (1950) - Vol 42 (1990).
41 bound journals
Cabinet Item
10 1 Hurricane Beulah, Starr County, Texas. Scrapbook. (September 1967)
2 Hurricane Beulah, Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence. Scrapbook. (September 1967)
3 Texas Medical Association, Presidential Campaign, and Installation. Scrapbook. (1977-1979)
4 Good Housekeeping Magazine, “Letter to a Young Doctor,” Mario Ramirez, M.D. Scrapbook. (June 1983)
5 Minorities in Medical Education. A South Texas Physician’s Perspective. Scrapbook.
6 The University of Texas at Austin. Photograph album.
7 Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., University of Texas System Regency. Letters of Congratulations. Scrapbook. (1989-1995)
8 The University of Tennessee, College of Medicine Alumni Association. Outstanding Alumnus Award. Scrapbook. (1991)
9 Viva Zapata.Scrapbook. (1952)
10 Presentations, Speeches, Lectures, etc., Volume One. Medical – Surgical Conferences of the Rio Grande Valley. Scrapbook. (1969-1992)
11 Presentations, Speeches, Lectures, etc. Volume Two. The University of Texas System Regency. Scrapbook. (1989-1995)
12 University of Texas. Distinguished Alumnus Award. Scrapbook.
Cabinet Item
11 1 Diuril Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of a Human Body (Labeled: Merck, Sharpe & Dohme. 1959)
2 Diuril Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of a Female (Labeled: Merck, Sharpe & Dohme. 1959)
3 Indocin Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of a Human Hand (Labeled: Merck, Sharpe & Dohme. 1967)
4 Voltaren Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of a Human Jaw (Labeled: Voltaren. Geigy. Diclofenac Sodium)
5 Cleocin Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of a Pediatric Skull (Labeled: The Upjohn Co. 1974)
6 Diuril Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of a Human Heart (Labeled: Merck, Sharpe & Dohme. 1959)
7 Model of a Human Heart (Labeled: Merck & Co. 1962)
8 Skeletal Model of a Human Foot (Not labeled)
9 Skeletal Model of a Human Foot (Labeled: Voltaren. Geigy. Diclofenac Sodium)
10 Ortho Pharmaceutical Promotional Model of the Female Reproductive System (Labeled: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation. Raritan, New Jersey)
11 Indocin Pharmaceutical Promotional Skeletal Model of a Human Hip (Labeled: Merck, Sharpe & Dohme. 1984)
Cabinet Item
12-13 1-65 65 books on the history of South Texas or various aspects of the medical profession. Published from 1947 - 2004.
66 Certificate of Appreciation from the Surgeon General. Plaque.
67 American Board of Family Practice, Recertified 1982-1989. Plaque.
68 Resolution, Blue Cross Blue Shield, March 30, 1974-September 1, 1993. Plaque.
69 American Board of Family Practice, Diplomate 1970-1977. Plaque.
70 The American Board of Family Practice, Recertification three times. Plaque.
71 Appreciation of your valuable contributions, member of C.A.C.S.T., Serving 22 years, Community Health Center. Plaque.
72 Director of the Year Award, 1993, Hidalgo-Starr Counties Medical Alliance. Plaque.
73 Saint Mary’s University Marian Health Center. Plaque.
74 Roma Chamber of Commerce, Parade Marshall, Roma Fest 1991. Plaque.
75 The Gift of Knowledge Lasts Forever, McAllen Family Practice Residency Program, University of Texas, Medical School at San Antonio. Plaque.
76 For his continued dedication and support, Retama Manor Nursing Home, March 30, 1990. Plaque.
77 Hope Family Health Center, Volunteer Angel Since 1999. Plaque.
78 Appreciation Hope and Support, Rattler Basketball Teams and Coach Villegas. Plaque.
79 Contributions for the Youth of our Community, R.G.C. High School, Class of 1988. Plaque.
80 Distinguished Services UTPA Alumni Association 1996. Plaque.
81 President’s Award 1996, Generous Support, Advancement UTPA. Plaque.
82 Certification, June 1953, American Academy of General Practice. Plaque.
83 24 years of Service and Moral Support, HH-MR Staff & Consumers, August 27, 1993.Plaque.
84 UT Medical School at Houston, Sam & Elizabeth Nixon Lectureship in Family Practice, March 8, 1991. Plaque.
Cabinet Item
14 1 The Benjamin Rush Award For Citizenship And Community Service, Mario Ramirez, M.D. Philadelphia, P.A. Scrapbook. (December 1976)
2 Newspaper Clippings. Mario E. Ramirez M.D. and Family, Scrapbook. (September 1967-1993)
3 President Nixon Visit, Scrapbook. (September 1972)
4 A Man’s Dedication, A Poor Land’s Dream. Dallas AM News (December 26, 1976). Scrapbook.
5 Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal from The Association of Texas Colleges and Universities. Scrapbook.
6 Stan Redding & Curtis McGee, “The Country Doctor Had a Dream.” Houston Chronicle. Scrapbook. (November 1972)
7 University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Fifty Year Reunion, Scrapbook. (October 1988)
8 TMA’S Distinguished Service Award. Scrapbook.
9 Commencement Addresses, UT Austin M.C. Ramirez, M.D. Scrapbook.
10 TMA Article: “How Is Dr. Mario?” Scrapbook.
11 Curriculum Vitae: Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Selected Career Highlights. Scrapbook.
12 The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Outstanding Alumnus Award. Scrapbook.
13 Speech to Minority Section A.A.M.C. New Orleans, LA. "Minorities in Medical Education." Scrapbook. (November 1998)
14 Documents and Personal Letters, Mario and Sarah Ramirez. Scrapbook.
15 UTHSCSA Vice President For South Texas Initiatives and the Med-Ed Program. Scrapbook.
16 South Texas Wild Flowers. Scrapbook. (2001-2005)
Cabinet Item
15 1 Rio Grande Valley High School Honor Student Banquets, Volume #1. Scrapbook.
2 Rio Grande Valley High School Honor Student Banquets, Volume #2. Scrapbook.
3-9 7 books with entries about Dr. Mario Ramirez.
  • Men of Achievement, 1975 Edition Melrose, Press. (MP)
  • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest 1963-64 Volume 8, Marquis, Who’s Who
  • Who’s Who in the World, 6th edition 1982-1983, Marquis Who’s Who
  • Who’s Who in America Index 1984-1985. 43rd Edition Geographic Index, Professional Area Index, Marquis, Who’s Who
  • Men of Achievement in Texas (3 copies)
10-27 18 periodicals with articles or news items about Dr. Mario Ramirez.
  • Texas Medicine (January 1968))
  • GP (January 1968)
  • The Alcalde (March 1972) 2 Copies.
  • The Tennessee Alumnus (December 1972)
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (October 1972)
  • Texas Health Bulletin (November 1973) 2 copies
  • Texas Family Physician (1975-77)
  • Lab World (September 1978)
  • Good Housekeeping (October 1978)
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Good Housekeeping (June 1983) 3 copies
  • Texas. Stan Redding, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D.
28 The CIBA Collection, Nervous System, Netter, 1 Part 1
29 The CIBA Collection 1-Nervous System –Netter.
30 The CIBA Collection 2-Reproductive System Netter.
31 The CIBA Collection 3-Digestive System I-Netter.
32 The CIBA Collection 3-Digestive System II-Netter.
33 The CIBA Collection 3- Digestive III-Netter.
34 The CIBA Collection 4-Endocrine System-Netter.
35 The CIBA Collection 4-Endocrine System-Netter.
36 The CIBA Collection 5-Heart-Netter.
37 The CIBA Collection 6-Kidneys, Ureters, and Urinary Bladder-Netter.
38 Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, Witmer Daily Record for Doctors.
39 Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, Delivery Record Book from October 15, 1980.
40 Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, Delivery Record Book from January 4, 1968.
Wall-Display Item
Sarah and Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Reading Room 1 Portrait of President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.
Framed photograph.
Matte includes original signatures and a message that reads, “To Sarah and Mario Ramirez, With appreciation and best wishes.”
2 From the Senate of the United States (In Executive Session) naming Mario Efrain Ramirez as a “Member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences” on . December 5, 1985
Framed document.
3 Mounted reprint of the resolution from the Starr County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees citing Dr. Mario E. Ramirez for his service to Starr County and for his role in the founding of the Starr County Memorial Hospital.
4 Document issued and signed by President Ronald Reagan appointing Mario Efrain Ramirez as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences” on December 5, 1985.
Framed document.
5 Framed document and distinguished service medal presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. for his service as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences from December 1985 to April 1988.
6 Portrait of Manuel and Elodia S. Ramirez.
Framed photograph.
7 Certificate reading, “Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Division of Health Mobilization awards this certificate to Mario Ramirez, M.D for the dedicated medical care he provided for Rio Grande River flood victims following Hurricane Beulah and especially for his effective use of PHS emergency medical resources.” Dated October 17, 1967.
Framed document.
8 Framed photograph (signed) by Dr. Leo Cigarroa.
9 Framed commemorative gavel with plaque that reads, “Starr County Judge Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., 1969-1978.”
10 Plaque that reads, “This hospital was is dedicated in loving memory of Manuel Ramirez, Sr. 1870-1948. Pioneer settler, business and civic leader whose guidance in the progress of this community is self-evident and to his faithful and loving wife Elodia S. Ramirez. Her interest, guidance, and generosity in the building of this hospital will always be remembered and to their children Eulogio and Ernesto (deceased), Efren, Manuel, Arturo, Eloisa, Elvira, and Josefina.” Dated August 1958 and February 1975.
11 Commission of Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. as County Judge of Starr County on February 17, 1971.
Framed document.
12 Pictures of the Manuel Ramirez Memorial Hospital, 1958-1975, and the Starr County Memorial Hospital, 1975 -
Framed photograph.
13 Framed diploma recertifying Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. as Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice for 1989-1996.
14 Commemorative plaque identifying Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. as President of the Valley Chapter of the American Academy of General Practice for 1961-1962.
15 Family Practice Award for Excellence in Oncology. Presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. by the University of Texas System Cancer Center and M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, . 1990
Plaque.
16 Texas Medical Association. Distinguished Service Award. Presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. on May 12, 1972.
Plaque.
17 Texas Academy of General Practice. Distinguished Service Award. Presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. for service to humanity beyond the call of duty. Hurricane Beulah 1967.
Plaque.
18 American Academy of Family Physicians. Award presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. in appreciation for outstanding service. January 1, 1977-December 31, 1982. Presented by Members of the Commission on Health Care Services.
Plaque.
19 Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Outstanding Leadership Award presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., President. 1975-1976.
Plaque.
20 Award presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in acknowledgement of his contributions to cancer care and research. Dated January 27, 1995.
Framed document.
21 American Academic of Family Physicians. Certificate acknowledging that Mario Efrain Ramirez was elected a Charter Fellow in September 1972.
Plaque.
22 The University of Texas at Austin Presidential Citation awarded to Dr. Mario Ramirez on April 21, 1979.
Framed document.
23 Portrait of President Richard Nixon and his family.
Framed photograph.
Matte includes original signature and a message that reads, “To Mario Ramirez, With appreciation and best wishes.”
24 Portrait of Mario E. Ramirez, M.D.
Framed photograph.
25 Certificate from the Ex-Students’ Association of the University of Texas at Austin announcing the Hidalgo-Starr County Mario E. Ramirez Endowed Scholarship. Dated March 2, 1992.
Framed document.
26 First Honorary Alumnus Award presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. by The University of Texas Medical Branch, 1977.
Plaque.
27 Framed photograph of The University of Texas Tower and the Littlefield Fountain
28 Framed portrait (drawing) of Truman Blocker, M.D.
The signed drawing reads, “To Mario with admiration and esteem.”
29 Certificate of Appreciation to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. upon the occasion of his retirement from the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. In appreciation for his six years of wise counsel, conscientious stewardship and dedicated service in “the maintenance, support, and direction of a University of the first class…styled The University of Texas…” (Constitution of Texas, Article VII, Section 10). Regent, 1989-1995. Vice-Chairman, 1991-1993. Chairman, Health Affairs Committee, 1991-1995.
Framed document.
30 Certificate commissioning Mario E. Ramirez as a member of the Board of Regents, University of Texas System. March 15, 1989.
Framed document.
Signed by Governor Bill Clements, Jr.
31 Commencement Speaker commemorative plaque presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. by The University of Texas Medical Branch, 1981.
32 Recognition of Dr. and Mrs. Mario E. Ramirez as charter members of the Eyes of Texas Club.
Plaque.
33 The Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Leadership in Learning presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. by the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities. October 6, 1997.
Framed document.
34 Framed diploma from E.A. Conway Memorial Hospital. Monroe, Louisiana. This is to certify that Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. has faithfully and satisfactorily completed a Mixed Residency in this hospital from January 1, 1950 to April 1, 1950. Dated April 5, 1950.
35 Framed drawing of The University of Tennessee College of Medicine October 6, 1997.
36 Framed diploma from The Trustees of The University of Tennessee on the nomination of the faculty have admitted Mario Efrain Ramirez to the degree of Doctor of Medicine and have conferred on him all the Honors, Rights and Privileges to that degree appertaining. Dated, June 7, 1948.
37 Golden Graduate Award presented to Mario Efrain Ramirez, M.D. by The University of Tennessee Memphis Health Science Center. October 16, 1998.
Framed document.
38 1991 Outstanding Alumnus Award presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. by The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Alumni Association. October 4, 1991
Plaque.
39 1995 Border Texan of the Year Award. Presented to Dr. Mario Ramirez.
Plaque.
40 Framed medal. Pan American University. 1927
41 The University of Texas El Paso is proud to bestow upon Mario Ramirez, M.D. the title El Gran Paseño. In recognition of distinctive contributions to the advancement of the University. Dated, December 16, 1994.
Framed award.
42 Framed medal. Premio Internacional a la Excelencia Frontera.
43 Framed photograph of President George Bush with Dr. Mario E. Ramirez and Sarah Ramirez.
Matte includes original signature and a message that reads, “To Sarah and Mario Ramirez, With best wishes. George Bush”
44 Framed photograph of child at Yosemite National Park.
Photograph taken by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez.
45 Framed photograph of Sarah Ramirez and children at Yosemite National Park.
Photograph taken by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez.
46 Portrait of Mario E. Ramirez, M.D
Framed photograph.
47 Portrait of Sarah Ramirez.
Framed photograph.
48 Framed photograph of Texas bluebonnets, surrounded by Texas-shaped matte.
Photograph taken by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
49 Framed photograph of a tree surrounded by Texas bluebonnets.
Photograph taken by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
50 Framed photograph of a field covered by Texas bluebonnets.
Photograph taken by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
Wall-Display Item
Library Entrance 1 Document reading, “A patient is not an interruption of our Work. He is the Purpose of It. We are not doing Him a Favor by serving Him. He is doing Us a Favor by giving Us the Opportunity to do so.”
Framed document.
Document which hung in the office Mario E. Ramirez, M.D.
2 Framed plaque with the Oath of Hippocrates inscribed.
Plaque.
From the office of Mario E. Ramirez, M.D.
3 Commemorative diploma reprint. The Trustees of The University of Tennessee on the nomination of the faculty have admitted Mario Efrain Ramirez to the degree of Doctor of Medicine and have conferred on him all the Honors, Rights and Privileges to that degree appertaining. Dated, June 7, 1948.
Plaque.
4 Silver caduceus mounted on a wooden frame.
Plaque.
From the office of Mario E. Ramirez, M.D.
5 Portrait of Mario E. Ramirez, M.D.
Framed photograph.
6 Framed reprint of an excerpt from the Minutes of The University of Texas System Board of Regents naming the library at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen, Texas as the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library. Dated, August 23, 2007.
Framed document.
7 Certificate of appreciation for distinguished service to The University of Texas System presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Regent 1989-1995. Vice-Chairman 1991-1993.
Framed document.
8 The American Medical Association Dr. Benjamin Rush Bicentennial Award for Citizenship and Community Service presented to Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Roma, Texas. Dated, December 5, 1976.
Plaque.
Display-Case Item
Library Entrance 1 Black Leather Binder. Labeled Texas Academy of General Practice [M.E. RAMIREZ, M.D.]
2 Plaque labeled with the seal of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Mario E. Ramirez Visiting Committee 1980
3 Pharmaceutical promotional model of doctor and nurse at bedside. Labeled Fortaz ceftazidime/Glaxo
4-32 Black doctor’s bag which belonged to Dr. Mario E. Ramirez and other medical instruments such as scissors, forceps, scapula, syringes, stethoscope, etc.
Storage Item
1 The University of Texas at Austin Presidential Citation, The President of The University of Texas at Austin on this 8th day of April 1995 awards this citation to Mario E. Ramirez, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University of Texas at Austin. (Signed by Robert M. Berdahl, President) Plaque.
2 Presidential Proclamation signed this thirtieth day of November, nineteen hundred and ninety-four, by Miguel A. Nevarez, President, The University of Texas-Pan American. Framed document.
3 Proclamation signed this third day of March, Nineteen hundred and ninety-five, by Miguel Nevarez, President, The University of Texas-Pan American. Framed document.
4 Eiffel Tower. Paris, France. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
5 Matterhorn. Switzerland. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
6 Coliseum. Rome, Italy. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
7 Discoveries Monument. Lisbon, Portugal. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
8 Big Ben. London, England. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
9 Taj Mahal. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
10 St. James Park. London, England. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
11 Portofino, Italy. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
12 Venice, Italy. Framed photograph by Dr. Mario E. Ramirez

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