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Name: Graham, Edward K. (1911-1976)
Fuller Form: Edward Kidder Graham


Historical Note:

Edward K. Graham was a university educator and administrator who held positions at multiple academic institutions, including Cornell University, Washington University, Boston University, University of Denver, Kingsborough Community College, Hampton Institute, and SUNY-Albany.

Edward Kidder Graham, Jr. was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on 31 January 1911. He was the son of Edward Kidder and Susan (nee Moses) Graham. His family was a prominent educational family with his father serving as president of the University of North Carolina and his uncle, Frank Porter Graham, serving as president of the Consolidated University of North Carolina.

Graham was raised by his aunt and uncle following the death of his parents while Graham was a child. He attended public schools in Chapel Hill, as well as the Asheville School for Boys and Woodberry Forest, in Orange, Virginia. He graduated in 1933 from the University of North Carolina and received his A.M. degree in Medieval History in 1934 from the same institution before receiving his Ph.D. in history from Cornell University in 1938.

Graham began his professional career as assistant to the president at Cornell from 1937 to 1940. He served as acting secretary (1940-1941) and secretary of the university (1941-1947) before accepting a position as Assistant Dean of Faculties at Washington University in 1947. In 1950, he became Chancellor of the Woman’s College, a position he served in until 1956 when he became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Boston University.

In 1962, Graham became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Denver. A year later, he became President of the College Association of the Finger Lakes, in Corning, New York. Graham resigned in July 1964 to become Dean of Faculty at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. He served as consultant to the president at Hampton Institute in Virginia from 1965 until 1971. While at Hampton, he researched and wrote a centennial history of the school, a portion of which was published in the Autumn 1969 issue of American Scholar. He later served as consultant in international studies at SUNY-Albany from 1971-1972. Graham died in Elsmere, New York, on 13 March 1976.

Sources: "Edward Kidder Graham, Jr. (1911-1976)." Encyclopedia of UNCG History (http://encyclopedia.wp.uncg.edu/edward-kidder-graham-jr/)
Note Author: Christopher Harter





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