Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Cavazos, Lauro, 1927
|Lauro Cavazos (1927- ) served as the eleventh dean of Tufts University School ofMedicine from 1975 to 1980.
Born January 4, 1927 in Texas, Cavazos received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Texas Technological College and a Ph. D. from Iowa State University in 1954.Following graduation, he joined the faculty of the Medical College of the Virginia School of Medicine, instructing courses in anatomy. He arrived at Tufts in 1964 as chair and professor of Anatomy. In 1972, he became associate dean. Cavazos then became acting dean from 1973 to 1975, at which time he assumed full deanship of the medical school for five years.
He played an instrumental role in planning the Sackler and veterinary schools, while increasing alumni support. During his time at Tufts, he also had served as a member of the Tufts-New England Medical Center Joint Planning Committee, and chaired the Educational Affairs Committee.
Cavazos left Tufts in 1980 to assume the presidency of his alma mater. He was later made Secretary of Education by President Regan in 1988 and continued in that position under the Bush Administration.