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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Chemist

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Favorite Color:
Pale Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
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Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1938
Birth Location:
Altheimer, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pale Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1938
Birth Location:
Altheimer
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Biography

Chemist and academic administrator Gloria Long Anderson was born on November 5, 1938 in Altheimer, Arkansas to sharecroppers Charley Long and Elsie Lee Foggie. As one of six children, Anderson was expected to assist with farm chores, though her parents never let farm duties get in the way of education. Anderson graduated from Altheimer Training High School in 1954 and then attended Arkansas A&M and Normal College, where she received her B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics and graduated at the top of her class in 1958. Anderson went on to earn her M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Atlanta University in 1960 under the tutelage of her mentor, Henry C. McBay. She taught chemistry at South Carolina State College and Morehouse College between 1961 and 1964. Anderson then went on to earn her Ph.D. degree in physical organic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1968.

Upon earning her Ph.D. degree, Anderson joined the faculty of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia as an associate professor and chair of the chemistry department. In 1973, She was promoted to an endowed chair position and named the Fuller E. Calloway professor of chemistry, earning the illustrious title again in ’90, ’93, ’99, and ’07. Beginning in 1981, Anderson spent two summers at Lockheed Georgia Corporation in Marietta, Georgia as both a research fellow and research consultant. During the summer of 1984, she served as a faculty research fellow at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in California. From 1984 to 1989, Anderson was promoted to dean of academic affairs at Morris Brown College. She served as interim president from 1992 to 1993 and again in 1998, and from 1995 to 1997, Anderson was the dean of science and technology at Morris Brown Collge. Since 2007, Anderson has been serving as a professor of chemistry as well as vice president for academic affairs. Throughout her various academic and administrative positions, Anderson kept up her research in organic chemistry, particularly the chemistry of Fluorine-19. Her studies of chemical structure have also found use in further work on anti-viral drugs.

Anderson has worked tirelessly to improve the scientific programs at Morris Brown College. Through her efforts, the chemistry department grew, the chemistry curriculum was revitalized, and new scientific instrumentation was brought to the campus. Throughout her long career at Morris Brown College, Anderson secured more than $1,000,000 in grants for the college’s science programs and faculty. In addition to her dedication to Morris Brown College, Anderson was an involved member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Board of Directors from 1972 to 1979. Throughout her career, she has received countless awards including two major awards in 2011 and patents in 2009 and 2001. Anderson lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gloria Long Anderson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 03/17/2012.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gloria Anderson talks about her high school principal
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gloria Anderson talks about her decision to go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gloria Anderson talks about Arkansas AM & N College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gloria Anderson talks about her studies at Arkansas AM & N College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gloria Anderson talks about her Negro History class at Arkansas AM & N College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gloria Anderson talks about her post-baccalaureate aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gloria Anderson talks about how she met her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gloria Anderson describes her Master's thesis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gloria Anderson talks about her experience teaching at South Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gloria Anderson talks about her decision to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gloria Anderson talks about Dr. Henry McBay
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gloria Anderson talks about her experience at the University of Chicago (part one)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gloria Anderson talks about her experience at the University of Chicago (part 2)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gloria Anderson talks about her experience at the University of Chicago (part 3)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gloria Anderson talks about her experience at the University of Chicago (part 4)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gloria Anderson talks about having to prove herself
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gloria Anderson talks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gloria Anderson describes her dissertation on Fluorine 19
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gloria Anderson talks about the chemistry department at Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gloria Anderson talks about Morris Brown College's struggles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gloria Anderson talks about her professional activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gloria Anderson talks about her experience with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gloria Anderson talks about being promoted to Fuller E. Calloway Professor of chemistry at Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gloria Anderson talks about Morris Brown's relationship with the Atlanta University Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gloria Anderson talks about her research on the drug, Amantadine, under the Minority Biomedical Support Program of the NIH
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gloria Anderson talks about her professional activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gloria Anderson talks about the problems faced by Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gloria Anderson talks about the importance of access to financial aid and accreditation to Morris Brown's future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gloria Anderson talks about her patents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gloria Anderson talks about her hopes for Morris Brown's future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Gloria Anderson reflects on her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Gloria Anderson shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Gloria Anderson talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Gloria Anderson reflects on how she would like to be remembered