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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Golf Instructor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Peanuts, Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
I can do anything I make up my mind to do.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1921
Birth Location:
Blythedale, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Golf Instructor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Peanuts, Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
I can do anything I make up my mind to do.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1921
Birth Location:
Blythedale
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Biography

Golf professional Julius Richardson was born on March 3, 1921. His interest in golf began when he came home to Blythedale, Pennsylvania, on leave from the famed 10th Calvary, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers. A friend who used to caddy convinced Richardson to join him in a game of golf. Richardson was intrigued by the complexity of the game. He started taking lessons and quickly became an accomplished player, winning nearly forty titles.

Richardson served in the U.S. Army for twenty years and taught golf for the last five. In 1960, he retired as a staff sergeant. Richardson wanted to play golf professionally after leaving the service. However, African Americans could play in the Professional Golf Association only if they had an apprenticeship at that time. Instead, Richardson worked at the Aerospace Guidance Center in Newark, Ohio, as a quality assurance inspector and then in the laser laboratory. After fifteen years, Richardson became an agent with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, where he worked for ten years. At the age of sixty-five, Richardson retired and began teaching golf full-time.

Richardson has received numerous awards for his work as a golf instructor. In 1995, the United States Golf Teachers Association recognized him for his Lifetime of Excellence in the Golf Teaching Profession. Golf Magazine recognized Richardson as one of the top 100 golf teachers, and in 2000, he was named the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation’s Teaching Professional of the 20th Century. Richardson taught golf at Willow Glenn and the Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago.

Richardson passed away on September 26, 2007 at the age of 86.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julius Richardson describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julius Richardson recounts his childhood in several Pennsylvania communities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julius Richardson describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julius Richardson describes his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson describes life in the Pennyslvania communities of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julius Richardson recalls his adolescent years in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julius Richardson recounts his high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julius Richardson discusses his beginnings in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julius Richardson recalls racial encounters from his military career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson discusses his military service in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julius Richardson discusses his first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julius Richardson recounts his military service overseas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julius Richardson discusses the end of his first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson discusses his second marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julius Richardson describes his efforts to create a life and career in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson reflects on his years in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Julius Richardson recalls life in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Julius Richardson discusses his daughter's career pursuits
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Julius Richardson details his beginnings as a golf instructor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson reflects on the game of golf
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Julius Richardson discusses his designation as one of Golf Digest's top 100 golf instructors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Julius Richardson discusses his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Julius Richardson shares his personal philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Julius Richardson names his role models
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Julius Richardson shares highlights from his career as a golf instructor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Julius Richardson discusses his approach to teaching golf
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson expresses his hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Julius Richardson considers the traits of a good teacher
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Julius Richardson considers his parents' reactions to his success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Julius Richardson leaves a message for his family members
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Julius Richardson considers his legacy