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Hispanic Heritage Month: Emilio 'Dr. Cab' Caballero


This is the final post honoring some of Amarillo’s prominent Hispanic leaders.  Meet Dr. “Cab” Emilio Caballero.  A Cuban immigrant, he came to Amarillo in 1937 hoping to play professional baseball.

“The year that changed the course of my life began in 1938 when I came to this magic Llano from my small village of South Orange, N.J., to attend Amarillo Junior College. Too, it was the year I met Mary Elizabeth, my love and wife for these blessed, wonderful years,” Caballero said in an Oct. 3, 1999, Amarillo Globe-News interview.

Caballero studied under Isabel Robinson at West Texas State College, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1942.  He then served mostly in the Army during World War II.

After returning from the war, Dr. Cab not only taught art, but was an artist throughout his life.

“His artwork was always done with lots of spirit and energy,” Carolyn Stallwitz, former director of The Art Center and a longtime friend of Caballero, said in a September 2010 AGN interview. “He painted simply for the joy of watching what happened on the canvas.”

Dr. Cab’s work Caballero’s works have been featured four times at The Art Center, and across the country.  Some pieces are on display at the University of the Southwest, Canyon Public Library and PPHM.

The rest of the story of Dr. Cab is available from the Amarillo Globe-News.