FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2005
Those in photo who were present on Monday, March 14, 2005, at the Senate Chambers to receive the Resolution by Sen. Lucio in memory of the late Raul A. Besteiro, Jr. were:
Top left to right: Max Fernandez (grandson), Laura Herrera (granddaughter), John Herrera, Jr. (grandson), Raul III (son), John Herrera, Guy McKinney, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Middle row left to right: Mina Fernandez (daughter), Adriana McKinney (daughter), Mrs. Raul Besteiro, Jr., Cecilia Besteiro (daughter), Lucy Martin (daughter), Pilar Herrera (daughter)
Bottom left to right (children): Vivian McKinney, Matte McKinney, Lucy Martin
AUSTIN, TX--The Texas Senate joined Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. yesterday in honoring the memory of Raul A. Besteiro, Jr., former Port of Brownsville Director, who died Nov. 14, 2004, at the age of 69.
"Mr. Besteiro worked tirelessly in the development of our Brownsville Port," said Sen. Lucio. "His incredible work ethic brought tremendous results and opportunities of economic development to the Brownsville area. He will be credited by historians some day as the driving force that transcended the movement of trade and goods from this part of the country to northern Mexico, and even into South America."
He served as Port Director from 1997 until his death.
Senate Resolution 389 refers to this former community leader as "Mr. B.," how he was affectionately known by his friends. Mr. B. is also credited for playing an instrumental role in the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In addition to his many contributions to the economic integrity of South Texas, Mr. Besteiro was well known for his outstanding educational service. The Brownsville Independent School District named the Besteiro Middle School in his honor in 1994 and in 2000, the University of Texas at Brownsville named him Distinguished Alumnus.
Of Mr. Besteiro's contributions to education, Sen. Lucio remarked, "He gave me my first job as a teacher in 1966, and the confidence he placed in me helped me through my life of public service. He guided, counseled and served as my mentor since my high school days."
Sen. Lucio also mentioned that Mr. Besteiro was able to guide public education in an upward direction through innovation and compassion for students, teachers and administrators. He added, "Raul Besteiro affected the lives of at least three generations of citizens in our community. He was a wonderful communicator--he gave advice, lent support and listened.
Mr. Besteiro's community and professional involvements included the chairmanship of the board of the International Bank of Commerce for Cameron County, the vice chairmanship of the Brownsville and Rio Grande Railroad, and president of the Historical Brownsville Museum. He also served on the Institutional Development Board at the University of Texas, the United Way of South Texas and the American Cancer Society.
"I miss Mr. B greatly, not only as my mentor, but as my friend. Brownsville, and indeed, all of South Texas, mourns the loss of this great man," said Sen. Lucio.