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Edward D. Irons

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Economist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I Will Find A Way Or Make One.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1923
Birth Location:
Hulbert, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Economist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I Will Find A Way Or Make One.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1923
Birth Location:
Hulbert
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Biography

Educator and businessman Edward Irons was born in Hulbert, Oklahoma on August 29, 1923. After attending Attucks High School, Irons was drafted into the Navy, and while recovering from rheumatic fever in a V.A. hospital, he and several other patients organized a sit-in to protest segregation in the hospital.

Following his honorable discharge, Irons traveled to Ohio intent on attending Wilburforce University, despite the fact that he had not been admitted nor had his G.I. Bill papers been processed. Nevertheless, he successfully completed his B.S. in business administration, after being unable to obtain an internship in engineering due to prejudice. From there, Irons worked in a hospital as business manager, and then went on to earn an M.A. in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota in 1951. After working a number of jobs, Irons took a teaching job at Florida A&M, but his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement led to him being ostracized by university executives. He left there to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard, where he studied new banks.

In 1964, he and his partners opened Riverside National Bank in Houston, Texas, the first bank given a charter to African Americans in forty years. From there, Irons worked for USAID and served as the founding dean of Howard University’s business school. After leaving Howard, he worked as a consultant to dozens of organizations around the globe, and has been a professor and dean of the business school of Clark-Atlanta University. There, he helped the program to become re-accredited, and he continues to teach there today.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Edward D. Irons' interview, session one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons talks about researching his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons describes his earliest childhood memories of growing up in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Edward D. Irons remembers the race relations in his neighborhood in Vinita, Oklahoma during the 1930s and 1940s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Edward D. Irons remembers the race relations in his neighborhood in Vinita, Oklahoma during the 1930s and 1940s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Edward D. Irons describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons describes his experiences at Attucks School in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons remembers mentor Louis Ryan, his basketball coach and science teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons recalls the dynamics of Attucks School in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons remembers his accomplishments at Attucks School in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons recalls his aspiration to leave his small town as a student at Attucks School in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons talks about attending church as a boy in Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons talks about being drafted to the U.S. Navy after graduating high school in 1941
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons remembers his experience of racial discrimination in the U.S. Navy during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Edward D. Irons talks about how World War II altered soldiers' perspectives on race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons describes the outcome of his sit-in at Muskogee VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons describes the outcome of his sit-in at Muskogee VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons remembers his decision to attend College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons recalls receiving the dean's help to register at College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons talks about studying business after being rejected from Antioch College's engineering program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons describes his extracurricular activities at College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons recalls eccentric professors at College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons talks about his grades at College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Edward D. Irons remembers being hired as business manager for Moton Memorial Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons recalls administering Moton Memorial Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons recalls his award-winning management thesis at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons remembers being appointed administrator of Taft State Hospital for the Negro Insane in Taft, Oklahoma by the governor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons explains why he left his position of administrator at Taft State Hospital for the Negro Insane in Taft, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons remembers his experiences as an administrator at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons remembers the racial discrimination at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons remembers his discouraging doctoral advisor at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons explains how he succeeded at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons recalls his goal of organizing an African American-controlled bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons describes organizing Riverside National Bank, the first chartered African American-controlled bank in over forty years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons talks about accepting a position as a development banking consultant for the U.S. government
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons recalls running the Investment Survey Division of the United States Agency for International Development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons remembers resigning from Howard University School of Business in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons recalls being hired as the dean of the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons recalls obtaining reaccreditation of the undergraduate business school as dean at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Edward D. Irons' interview, session two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons remembers difficulties at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1950s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons recalls writing his dissertation at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons remembers his hiring as a finance professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons talks about organizing Riverside National Bank in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons remembers the response to the opening of Riverside National Bank
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons explains banking charters
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons recalls his resignation from Riverside National Bank
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons describes the outcome of his exit from Riverside National Bank
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons explains development banking
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons remembers being unable to head the development bank in Lagos, Nigeria following the outbreak of the Biafran War
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons recalls being hired to head the Investment Survey Division of the United States Agency for International Development
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons describes racial prejudice that he and his staff experienced at United States Agency for International Development
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons reflects upon the exploitation authorized by the United States Agency for International Development
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons remembers being asked to organize a business school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons describes the conflict with HistoryMaker James Cheek that led to Irons' departure from Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Edward D. Irons describes the conflict with HistoryMaker James Cheek that led to Irons' departure from Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons talks about Charles H. Wesley
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons remembers obtaining the Mills B. Lane endowed chair at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons talks about being appointed banking commissioner for the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons talks about being his initial accomplishments as banking commissioner for the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons explains his conflict with HistoryMaker Charlene Drew Jarvis over banking regulations in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons talks about his time as dean of Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons talks about the importance of inspiring entrepreneurship in the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons explains his disagreement with HistoryMaker Andrew F. Brimmer over the viability of African American financial institutions
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons explains his position on African American financial institutions
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons talks about covert racial discrimination by financial institutions
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons describes the discrimination against high-achieving African Americans men in business
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons explains how racial and gender discrimination impacts young African Americans in business
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Edward D. Irons lists his organization affiliations and accomplishments, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Edward D. Irons lists his organization affiliations and accomplishments, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Edward D. Irons describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Edward D. Irons recalls Mayor Maynard Jackson's inclusion of African American businesses during construction of an airport in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Edward D. Irons reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Edward D. Irons reflects upon how he has maintained physical and spiritual health
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Edward D. Irons reflects upon his parents' early deaths
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Edward D. Irons reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Edward D. Irons describes how he would like to be remembered.