Joan Cook Carabin
One-of-a-Kind Judge: The Honorable Hippo Garcia
One-of-a-Kind Judge: The Honorable Hippo Garcia, is the first biography of the legendary federal judge who worked until the day before he died saying, “Jimmy Carter appointed me for life, and I take him at his word.” He is the first Mexican American ever appointed Federal Judge of the Western District of Texas. Beginning with his grandparents’ escape from the Porfirio Diaz regime, continuing through their resettlement in San Antonio, Hippo Garcia’s early years in San Antonio public schools, the U.S. Army, and St. Mary’s University and St. Mary’s Law School. The second half of the book highlights incidents in his long and productive years in four different courts. The book is written from the point of view of his family members, colleagues, friends, and reporters of the time.
Joan Cook Carabin lived next door to Judge Garcia’s brother Henry and sister-in-law Tillie for sixteen years. She has had a life-long, back burner interest in crime solving but never dreamed of living next door to relatives of one of Texas’ most famous prosecutors. She worked forty-five years alternately as a licensed social worker and a teacher. Joan Carabin retired from teaching writing and literature at San Antonio College. She graduate from St. Mary’s University BA, Incarnate Word University MA, and Texas A&M University EdD.