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Dr. Juan D. Villarreal Awarded the Rotary Club of Harlingen’s 2019 Walk of Fame

Col. Bob Grider, Walk of Fame chairman, Dr. Juan D. Villarreal recipient, Gail Thomason and LTC Clifford Moriarty, sponsors of award. Courtesy photo

Special to La Feria News

On Friday, May 31st, Dr. Juan D. Villarreal was awarded the Rotary Club of Harlingen’s 2019 Walk of Fame designation during the Rotary Club’s monthly meeting held at the Harlingen Public Library.

The Walk of Fame is a celebration of Harlingen citizens, their life achievements, significant civic contributions and their impact on the community.

The Harlingen Walk of Fame was first unveiled on April 15, 2010 as part of the Harlingen Centennial Celebration and is on permanent display at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium in Fair Park. Each year a new inductee is nominated and inscribed on the Walk of Fame.

Dr. Villarreal qualifications for this year’s designation are many. He has made a difference not only in Harlingen community, but also across the state and nation by providing several youth scholarships including Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South Healthcare, JROTC scholarships, TSTC Dental Hygiene Scholarships and scholarships for dental students. He is a sponsor for the Harlingen Chamber Youth Leadership Program.

In addition to that, Dr. Villarreal served on the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees as a member, vice president and president. He has served in the US Army, Texas State Board of Dental Examiners as secretary, chair of the ad HOC Committee on Examinations, and the Enforcement Committee. He was also an examiner for the Western Regional Dental Examining Board, the Northeastern Examining Board. He served on the Harlingen Economic Development Board as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Villarreal also served on the Wells Fargo Advisory Board and served as President of the Hispanic Dental Association.

Dr. Juan D. Villarreal opened his dental practice in Harlingen in 1983. He is the CEO and Founder of Harlingen Family Dentistry and also has offices in Austin, Brownsville, Edinburg, McAllen, Raymondville and Weslaco where he continues his practice of dentistry and serving the community.

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