He told the Austin daily, on becoming chancellor, that “The educational process should provide students and faculty with information on all possible alternatives to a ,ciety’s problems,” adding: “I have no ,itention of seeing the University of Texas be part of any move to do more than explain all aspects of given problems. . ..” Sweating through the Austin summer toward the fall, the University of Texas at Austin is split sharply into students, faculty, and administration, with each component already in a condition of incipient shock. Erwin, LeMaistre, and Jordan stand ready to whack student dissent in the head. A faculty-vs.-administration confrontation is likely soon over the division of the school’s largest college and possibly over the regents’ selection of the next permanent president. Student protests can be expected on any of a wide variety of subjects, with Jeff Jones firmly in office as student president. The firing of John Silber makes it very clear that the immediate future of the state’s keystone university under Chairman Frank . Erwin is turmoil and politics that could quite easily become repression and bloodshed. R.D. A death in Mathis Mathis, Sin ton, Corpus Christi Fred Logan, Jr., \(Aug. 16, 1938 July would endear himself to the respectable Anglos of South Texas. His manner alone would put off conservative white growers and merchants. He had a bushy beard and formal occasions he wore double-breasted ride into Mathis on his motorcycle wearing costumes that must have been calculated to freak the local gentry. Newsweek says Logan once cycled through town decked out in a caricature of Anglo gear: x o N bib overalls, no shirt, a straw hat, and c Aoots. Last year on the day of the school `4i’oard election, he appeared in stereotype skin garb, huaraches, and long beads. “Dr. Logan was an enigma,” remembers Mathis Mayor Winston Bott. “He was a short, stockily built . . . a bundle of energy, and he had a short fuse. He was a bad boy, but a good-hearted man,” Bott said. “As he matured, the bad was becoming less and less of a factor.”‘ iThe Houston Chronicle that Logan repeatedly was in trouble while he was a teenager: “Logan was born on Aug. 16, 1938, in Carthage, Mo. He … was arrested at 16 on two violations of the Dyer Act \(transporting a granted two years probation on Jan. 14, 1955. “Shortly afterward, the family moved to Corpus Christi, where Dr. Logan, Sr., set up practice. His son attended W. B. Ray High School. On Oct. 23, 1955, he was in trouble again, arrested for disturbing the peace, being drunk in a public place, and driving on the wrong side of the road. His father paid a $ 135 fine. “On Jan. 5, 1956, young Logan again was fined $ 100 for a traffic violation and on Feb. 19, 1956, he was arrested for disturbing the peace and investigation of probable burglary, but was released without charge. “On Oct. 25, 1967, he was arrested outside his apartment in Corpus Christi at 12:10 a.m. and charged with violation of the weapons ordinance, drunkenness, and disturbing the peace. The report of the arresting officers, Patrolmen Amaya and Chetkey, on this incident reads in part: es ” ‘He staggered to the parking area and got in tu s car. We advised him he was under arrest. He id he was not going to go and would kill one of us before he goes to jail. Internal Security Officer Ken Kiley of 1800 South Staples was there to assist us when we asked him. Lots of force was necessary to make the arrest.’ “Logan was released under $175 bond nine hours later and subsequently paid a $15 fine for drunkenness as the other charges were dropped.” But it wasn’t Logan’s record as a juvenile delinquent or even his style that offended the Anglo . establishment as much as his friendship with the chicano poor. Two years ago, Logan, an osteopath, started commuting from his home in Corpus Christi to Mathis to give medical aid to Mexican-Americans, some of whom might have gone without treatment were it not for him. A year ago, Logan opened his own clinic. It processed about 60 patients a day, many of them on Medicare. AS LOGAN made friends in Mathis’ large chicano community, he became involved with politics. Mathis, with a population of 5,043 \(down 1,000 since 1965, the chicano-dominated Action Party won a majority on the Mathis City Council. The chicanos have been more or less in control of city government ever since. Last year, Logan organized and financed the campaigns of two chicanos running for the school board. Both men lost, but Logan was branded by many whites as a troublemaker. This summer the Dallas office of the Health, Education, and Welfare Department awarded Mathis a $167,000 grant to set up a clinic for migrant workers. Logan was selected to be director of the clinic. Approximately 1,000 migrants call Mathis home, and the poorly paid farm workers desperately need medical attention. But not everyone in Mathis was pleased with the idea of having a government-supported clinic in town. To many it smacked of welfare and socialism. San Patricio County Judge William Schmidt was one of the powerful Anglos who opposed the clinic. A week before Logan’s death, Schmidt called a meeting to discuss the possibility of doing away with the county’s Community Action Program as a method of stopping the construction of the migrant clinic. Actually, the clinic, funded by HEW, would not have been affected if the county had withdrawn from the poverty program, but the possibility was discussed, nevertheless. During the meeting, Schmidt called Logan a liar and Logan said the judge was ignorant. Schmidt later explained that it was the county’s doctors and pharmacists who had urged him to oppose the clinic. Schmidt pointed out with pride that the county pays approximately $8,000 a month in hospital and drug bills for indigents. Much of that business -,vould be transferred to the migrant clinic. ON THE NIGHT of July 11, Logan closed his clinic and rode his motorcycle to the Red Barn, a steak house and tavern on Interstate 37, about six miles from Mathis. Logan apparently drank a great deal that evening. When he decided it was time to go home to Corpus Christi, some chicano friends who were with him tried to discourage him from driving in his inebriated state. Someone took the keys from his motorcycle, and Logan got mad. While standing in the parking lot, he took out a pistol and fired some target shots into the air. Mrs. Lolene Edward Toureck, who along with her husband Raymond worked at the Red Barn, went outside to see what was going on. She reported she saw Dr. Logan leaning against an outside wall. She went back in to call the police, but she found her husband already on the phone to the authorities. San Patricio County Deputy Sheriff Eric Bauch was the only lawman in the area at the time, and he was dispatched to the scene. Following is Bauch’s written statement on the incident: “At 11:20 p.m. I received a call to come to the Red Barn. . . . When I got there. Dr. Logan was cursing -the men and telling them to leave his bike alone. He tried to mount it, it fell over, and the bystanders raised it up again. They said in Spanish, `Let him push it again and it’ll fall over.’ “I asked him if he had a pistol and he finally told me he did but didn’t know where it was. Another man said it was under the seat. Logan took two shells out of the gun and then pulled the trigger twice. I took him by the hand and told him to come on as we were going to have to go to Sinton. He asked me to take his brief case as he said it had over $2,000 in it. “He went to the car, sat down with his feet on the ground and I asked him to get August 7, 1970 _ 5
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