Arturo Vasquez, CPA
Arturo Vasquez was a businessman in Corpus Christi for 43 years. Vasquez was the first Mexican American in Corpus Christi to own a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm in 1953. He was honored by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for maintaining his CPA license for fifty years, on November 8, 2003, at the LBJ Library Auditorium, University of Texas at Austin. Vasquez maintained his CPA license for fifty-six years, three months before his death, without fault.
Vasquez worked tirelessly for the Mexican American civil and veteran rights alongside Dr. Hector P. Garcia. He served as a financial advisor to many non-profit organizations in Corpus Christi and gave countless hours to the school board to better the education of Mexican American children in Corpus Christi. Vasquez’s legacy is one of justice and devotion to his people.
If Arturo Vasquez had been born in a different time and place, he may never have been a gunner in a B-24 airplane during WWII, graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, or been a school board member in Corpus Christi, Texas. But as it happened, he was born in a time when he could serve in the military; receive veteran’s benefits to attend college; and win a place in public office as a school board member. He was part of the Greatest Generation.
-Nadine (Vasquez) Hefner [Vasquez’s daughter]