Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Fall edition of Journal of South Texas available

KINGSVILLE - November 06, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

David Thomas Clapper

KINGSVILLE (November 6, 2006) — The fall 2006 edition of the Journal of South Texas is currently available with this issue paying tribute to a Texas A&M University-Kingsville student who was killed in a motorcycle accident in April.

David Thomas Clapper was a senior majoring in both history and mathematics and working on his research article at the time of his accident. To honor Clapper, his teacher and editor of the journal, Dr. Leslie Hunter, Regents professor of history at A&M-Kingsville, included Clapper’s paper in this issue.

His research, Free for Lunch: Senator Carlos Truan and House Bill 505 for a Duty-Free Lunch for
, chronicles Truan and his fight to require a duty-free lunch for all Texas teachers.

Clapper, of Kingsville, didn’t tell his family he was working on a paper for the Journal of
South Texas
. “We were surprised and honored when Dr. Hunter contacted us for permission to use his work,” his mother, Emma, said.

Clapper tutored math students at Robstown High School, excelled in baseball and loved fixing up old cars.

In addition to Clapper’s research, the latest edition of the journal features four other authors, one who was Clapper’s fellow student. Veronica N. Arredondo earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history from A&M-Kingsville and is currently a graduate student working toward two master’s degrees in history and politics and in education.

Arredondo is treasurer of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary society, and a member of the Student Advisory Board of the American Democracy Project.

Her paper is Too Much Mud in the Mix: The 1988 Rangel v. Alvarez Election, about the hotly contested race for District 37 state representative between Kingsville native, the late Irma Lerma Rangel and Rio Grande City candidate Jesus Maria Alvarez.

Other research published in this issue of the Journal of South Texas includes The Paso de Jacinto Crossing on the Rio Grande, 1746-2006, by Joe R. Moreno Jr., special collections librarian at the Laredo Public Library; Military Operations at Port Lavaca, Indianola and Fort Esperanza, 1861-1863, by Charles D. Spurlin, retired Victoria College history professor; and Santos Garza: The Father of San Felipe Schools, by Douglas Lee Braudaway, government and history teacher at Southwest Texas Junior College.

The Journal of South Texas is published twice a year for the South Texas Historical Association by Texas A&M University-Kingsville, which also serves as the official archives for the association.

In addition to Dr. Hunter who is editor of the journal, Cecilia Aros Hunter, university archivist, is the design and layout editor for the publication. Dr. Larry Knight, associate history professor, is a member of the board of directors of the South Texas Historical Association.

To receive a copy of the Journal of South Texas, call Cecilia Aros Hunter at 361-593-4154.

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