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What follows is a discussion of the Family Doctor's life history, analysis of what he
views as the most significant influence on his educational success, and the researcher's analysis
of the data gleaned from the Family Doctor's interviews.
The Family Doctor's Path to Success
The Family Doctor was born in Iowa as his parents were traveling up and down the US
doing migrant work. They were on their way back from Wisconsin headed to Del Rio, Texas,
when the Family Doctor was born. The family stayed about two years in Iowa City, then moved
back with family members as they passed through.
The Family Doctor's parents had been working with his father's parents as they did
migrant work in farms throughout the western part of the US. The family was originally from
Mexico, hailing from the border town of Acufia. The Family Doctor's parents are both Mexican
nationals. The oldest of five children, the Family Doctor and his brother and sisters were all born
in the US.
In their moves up and down the US, the Family Doctor's immediate family settled in
Odessa, Texas, when their pickup truck broke down in the west Texas town. The Family
Doctor's grandparents continued their migrant work, while the Family Doctor's family settled
into west Texas life. The Family Doctor still traveled with his grandparents intermittently doing
migrant work until he was 13.
The Family Doctor's father became a mechanic after the family settled in Odessa. With
little formal education [he had dropped out of school in Mexico in 5th grade], the Family
Doctor's father had difficulty getting jobs that would adequately support his family. The Family
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