Clotilde Pérez García
Clotilde was born in Ciudad Victoria, MX, 1917.
Clotilde’s family fled to the U.S. to escape the violence of the Mexican Revolution, settling in Mercedes. After graduating from Mercedes High School in 1934, she studied pre-med, zoology, and chemistry, graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin.
She enrolled at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She was 1 of 7 women—and the only Mexican American woman—to graduate from UTMB in 1954. Clotilde opened a private practice in Corpus Christi; becoming one of the first Mexican American women to practice medicine in the state.
Clotilde was awarded the Royal American Order of Isabella the Catholic by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for her efforts to promote South Texas’s Hispanic past.