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Reston in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D.

Geologist, Educator, Administrator

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Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
June 10, 2019
1. Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. Marker
Inscription.  In 1942, Randolph Wilson “Bill” Bromery enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and attended pilot training in the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. The squadron was known famously as the Tuskegee Airmen. Upon his discharge in 1945, Bromery worked at the USGS as an airborne exploration geophysicist. His years with the USGS involved him in projects that took him to Alaska and West Africa. He earned a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics at Howard University, a Master's degree in geology at American University, and his Ph.D. in geology at Johns Hopkins University in 1968. Dr. Bromery authored over 150 scientific reports and articles.

In 1967, he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and became Chancellor of the campus in 1971. Under his leadership, the university became an early center of African-American Studies. An able administrator, Dr. Bromery served throughout Massachusetts thereafter as president of several higher educational institutions, including Westfield State College (1988-1992), Springfield College (1992-98), Roxbury Community College (2002-03), and as Chancellor of the Board

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of Regents of Higher Education (1990-91).
Erected by United States Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAir & SpaceEducationWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
Location. 38° 56.891′ N, 77° 22.137′ W. Marker is in Reston, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from U.S. Geological Survey Drive south of Sunrise Valley Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Julia Anna Gardner (1882-1960), Ph.D. (here, next to this marker); John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) (a few steps from this marker); Veteran's Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); "October Glory" Red Maple (within shouting distance of this marker); The Robert E. Simon, Jr. Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sunset Hills Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Train Wrecks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Herndon: A Summer Resort (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reston.
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Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
June 10, 2019
2. Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2019. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on August 1, 2019. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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