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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Ribs (Pork Spare)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Some people would rather have a cause than an effect.

Birthplace

Born:
3/16/1934
Birth Location:
Topeka, Kansas

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Ribs (Pork Spare)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Some people would rather have a cause than an effect.

Birthplace

Born:
3/16/1934
Birth Location:
Topeka
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Biography

Electrical engineer and academic administrator John brooks Slaughter was born in Topeka, Kansas, on March 16, 1934. His father, Reuben Brooks Slaughter, was hard-working and held a variety of jobs to support his family; and, his mother, Dora Reeves Slaughter, was a homemaker. Slaughter graduated from Topeka High School in 1951 and enrolled at Washburn University, but transferred after two years to attend Kansas State University. There, he earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1956. Slaughter went on to receive his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961, and his Ph.D. in engineering sciences from the University of California, San Diego in 1971.

Slaughter joined the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory in San Diego in 1960. In 1975, he became Director of the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington; and, in 1977, Slaughter was appointed Assistant Director for Astronomics, Atmospherics, Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation. From 1979 to 1980, Slaughter was Provost and Academic Vice President at Washington State University. The, he serves as the director of the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. for two years. Between 1982 and 1988, Slaughter was the Chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he made major advances in e recruitment and retention of African-American students and faculty. Slaughter then was elected President of Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1988 through July 1999. In August 1999, he assumed the position of Melbo Professor of Leadership in Education at the University of Southern California. In June 2000, Slaughter was named President and CEO of The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

Slaughter holds honorary degrees from more than 25 institutions of higher education. He was also a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Award in 1997, and UCLA’s Medal of Excellence in 1989. Slaughter was honored with the first U.S. Black Engineer of the Year award in 1987, and received the Arthur M. Bueche Award from the Nation Academy of Engineering in 2004, where he is also a fellow. Slaughter is married to Dr. Ida Bernice Slaughter, an educational consultant and former school administrator. They have two children: a son, Dr. John Brooks Slaughter, Jr., DVM, and a daughter, Ms. Jacqueline Michelle Slaughter.

John Brooks Slaughter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 28, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Slaughter describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Slaughter describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Slaughter talks about his father's work in the coal mines
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Slaughter talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Slaughter talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Slaughter describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Slaughter shares his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Slaughter describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Slaughter describes his experience at Buchanan Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Slaughter describes his skill with electronics and his desire to become an engineer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Slaughter talks about his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Slaughter talks about the teachers that influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Slaughter describes his experience of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John Slaughter talks about his family and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - John Slaughter talks about his teacher, Howard Anderson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Slaughter talks about Washburn University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Slaughter describes the impact of his liberal arts education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Slaughter talks about the Kansas State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Slaughter talks about teachers at Washburn University that influenced him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Slaughter describes his experience with computers at the Kansas State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Slaughter talks about organizations he joined as an undergraduate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Slaughter talks about the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Slaughter talks about his cousin, Lucinda Todd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John Slaughter describes his decision to work at General Dynamics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - John Slaughter talks about the offer to be "the Jackie Robinson of Westinghouse"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Slaughter describnes his work at General Dynamics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Slaughter describes his work with the U.S. Navy Electronic Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Slaughter talks about his graduate studies and his decision to pursue his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Slaughter describes his doctoral research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Slaughter talks about his work at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Slaughter describes his work with the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John Slaughter describes his work at Washington State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Slaughter talks about his work to restore funding for science education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Slaughter talks about the difference between science and engineering
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Slaughter talks about his time at the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Slaughter talks about the challenges he faced at the University of Maryland (part 1)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Slaughter talks about the challenges he faced at the University of Maryland (part 2)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Slaughter talks about his inspiration and role models
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John Slaughter describes his work at Occidental College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John Slaughter talks about former students of Occidental College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John Slaughter describes his work at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John Slaughter describes his work at the University of Southern California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John Slaughter talks about the Rodney King incident
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John Slaughter talks about affirmative action
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John Slaughter describes his current role at the University of Southern California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John Slaughter shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John Slaughter reflects on his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - John Slaughter talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - John Slaughter talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - John Slaughter tells how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John Slaughter describes his photos