Black Alumni Contributions

Hale Center    Dr.Hale

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. – 1927 – 2011
Dr. Hale was Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he served from 1971 to 1988. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Hale completed elementary and secondary schools in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Topeka High School. Dr. Hale was awarded a B.A. and M.A. in Communication, Political Science, and English in 1950 from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. in Communication and Political Science from The Ohio State University in 1955. Read more.

Hale Hall

Hale Hall– Buckeye Stroll
Guarding the Legacy: Jim Jackson


Buckeyes Visit DC, Meet President Obama
Ohio State African Americans Big Ten Football
Sen. Brown Intern Selected to “Dot the i” for Ohio State Marching Band at Big Ten Championship
Ohio State Drum Major Dwight Hudson
Women’s Basketball History


History of African American Alumni of the Ohio State College of Medicine
College of Medicine Black Alumni Reunion Program
Clotilde Bowen
Clotilde Bowen Tribute Event Program


Dr. Bowen was the first African-American female to graduate from Ohio State’s Medical School, as well as the first African-American female physician in the United States Army. She once described herself as having lived a “blessed” life, due largely to her faith and her education at Ohio State.

Dr. Bowen was honored with the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit in 1971 for her work to set up drug treatment centers, and her efforts to lessen racial conflicts during the Vietnam War. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1974.

To ensure that today’s young people have similar opportunities, Bowen established the Clotilde Dent Bowen M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund for the College of Medicine in 2010 to support students with financial need who share Bowen’s passion to help others through medicine.


robert-lawrence-regularRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr., was the first African American selected to be an astronaut.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 2, 1935, Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. graduated from Englewood High School in Chicago in the top 10 percent of his class. In 1956 he graduated from Bradley University with a B.A. in Chemistry. While in college he enlisted in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and distinguished himself, receiving the commission of Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve Program.  While still in the Air Force, Lawrence earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio State University in 1965.




Black Faculty
The Lantern: Black family OSU Tradition
The Lantern: Tracing Black History at Ohio State
An Encyclopedia of Pathbreaking Women at The Ohio State University
About the Hale Center
Who’s Who in Black Columbus Honors Ohio State Faculty and Staff
Blending art and business with Alumna Melissa Crum: Article from Ohio State Alumni Magazine


’45 graduate didn’t let obstacles hold her back via College of Education and Human Ecology

Young Scholars Program

Historical Overview


Former Lawyer Turned Rapper Talks Success in Music and Business via Black Enterprise