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Eva Camúñnez Tucker – Trailblazer of Firsts and Philanthropist

March 26, 2018

Described as a role model for young Hispanics, young Hispanic women, and for all of us - celebrate Women’s History Month by getting to know San Angelo’s own Eva Camúñnez Tucker.

The Camúñnez family has been a family of firsts in San Angelo and the Concho Valley.  According to historical records, Reynaldo Camúñnez, Sr. was one of the first farmers in Tom Green County raising crops for Fort Concho at the Bismarck Farm. 

Portrait of Evan Camunez Tucker

His granddaughter, Eva, became the first Hispanic graduate of San Angelo High School, the first Hispanic teacher at Mertzon and Ballinger and then the first Hispanic principal in Ballinger.  Eva’s brother, Noe, served as the first Hispanic principal in San Angelo.  From the time Reynaldo Camúñnez turned the first sod in Tom Green County, this family has played an active role in the development of San Angelo and the surrounding area.  Eva’s influence remains strong in her tireless involvement in many community and education related projects including the Concho Valley through the Art and Eva Tucker Charitable Foundation. Learn more about this notable woman in The Handbook of Texas Online and watch Eva Tucker - A Living Memory to see what others had to say about her, and her influence on their lives.

The Art and Eva Tucker Collection is available in the West Texas Collection.