Randolph Bromery (1926-2013)
After serving with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in World War 2, Dr. Randolph Bromery became the first Black professional with the USGS, working as an airborne exploration geophysicist. Bromery was known for his work studying the Earth's magnetic fields, and using that data to identify minerals. After having more than 80 publications before masters completion, Bromery went on to a PhD and become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During Bromery's tenure as chancellor, the campus became a center for African American studies, where Bromery also established a residence for the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois and as a saxophonist, helped bring jazz figures such as Max Roach to the faculty. Bromery did a great deal to promote minorities in the sciences, including establishing numerous funds to help. After stepping down as chancellor, Bromery's career included serving on many boards and councils, including as president of the Geological Society of America in 1989 and the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science from 2003-2007.
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Published June 29, 2020
Randolph Bromery. Photo from UMASS Archives.