H.R. No. 1051
         WHEREAS, Those Texans who give of their time and talents to
  benefit the larger community make the world a better place, and
  Richard Cervantes Alvarado of San Antonio, who passed away on
  January 21, 2013, at the age of 72, was indeed one such person; and
         WHEREAS, The son of John and Amalia Cervantes Alvarado,
  Richard Alvarado was born on May 27, 1940, on San Antonio's West
  Side; he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1958 as a
  National Merit Scholar and went on to earn his bachelor's degrees in
  history and government from Texas A&M University, where he was a
  member of the Corps of Cadets; and
         WHEREAS, After spending a year teaching high school history
  and a year with the federal civil service, Mr. Alvarado joined the
  United States Foreign Service in 1964; he served in Bolivia and
  Greece, as well as in Vietnam, where he was an advisor on emergency
  relief and helped resettle more than 15,000 refugees of the war; for
  his efforts there, the Vietnamese government awarded him the
  Vietnamese Social Welfare Medal and the Vietnamese Ethnic
  Minorities Affairs Medal, and the U.S. Department of State
  presented him with the Vietnam Civilian Service Award; and
         WHEREAS, In 1969, Mr. Alvarado returned to Texas with his
  wife, Hanh, and accepted a fellowship in the inaugural class of the
  Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of
  Texas at Austin; he worked for more than two years with the Economic
  Opportunities Development Corporation in San Antonio; and
         WHEREAS, In 1974, Mr. Alvarado joined the staff of the United
  Way of San Antonio and Bexar County; he implemented a number of
  innovative advances to its infrastructure and donation investment
  and was named vice president in 1988; in 1991, he took on the role of 
  executive director of the United Way of El Paso County and helped
  strengthen the participation of Latinos in the organization; he
  eventually returned to San Antonio to lead the Nonprofit Resource
  Center of Texas as director of consulting services, and although he
  officially retired in 2005, he continued working with groups until
  the end of his life; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Alvarado was invited to share his expertise with
  the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas in 2003; he was
  appointed to its board, and in 2005, he was elected to represent
  Texas on the group's national board; he also served ACLU Texas for a
  year as interim executive director; other organizations that
  benefited from his leadership were Healthy Futures of Texas, Youth
  Orchestras of San Antonio, Health Care for the Homeless Coalition
  Board, Target '90 Health and Human Service Council, the Edgewood
  Family Network, and the Children's Association for Maximum
  Potential; he was also a member of the San Antonio AIDS Consortium,
  the Alamo Area Council of Governments' Regional Health and Human
  Services Advisory Committee, the Funding Information
  Center-Management Assistance Program Advisory Committee, the
  Injury Control Project, the Imagineer Awards Committee, and the
  NPAC Fund Distribution and Public Policy Development Committees;
         WHEREAS, In his leisure time, Mr. Alvarado enjoyed gardening,
  experimenting with new recipes from across the world, and listening
  to an eclectic assortment of music; he loved spending time with his
  family and especially cherished the relationship he nurtured with
  his sons, Christopher and Marc; and
         WHEREAS, Described as a wise and gentle warrior, Richard
  Alvarado made a meaningful difference in the lives of many people in
  Texas and beyond, and his contributions will be remembered and
  admired for years to come; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Richard Cervantes
  Alvarado and extend deepest sympathy to the members of his family:
  to his sons, Christopher and Marc; to his brothers, Rodolfo and his
  wife, Elvira, and John and his wife, Melody; to his sister, Marina,
  and her husband, Raul; to his six nieces and nephews; to his former
  wife, Hanh Alvarado; and to his other relatives and many friends;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Richard
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1051 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on March 27, 2013.
  Chief Clerk of the House