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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Candy
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1951
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Candy
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1951
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Mathematician and education administrator Lloyd Evans Douglas was born on October 5, 1951 near the Polo Grounds in New York City. Douglas’ family moved to Brooklyn where he attended Lafayette Public School (now the Eubie Blake School) and Berriman Junior High School (J.H.S. 64) before graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1968. He was awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship and enrolled in the City Colleges of New York where he graduated with his B.S. degree in mathematics in 1972. While there, Douglas earned three varsity letters as a lacrosse player. He then attended graduate school at Miami University and worked as a graduate assistant in the math department and as an assistant coach of the lacrosse team. Douglas received his M.S. degree in mathematics in 1974. Douglas went on to enroll in Boston University’s doctoral program where he studied algebraic coding theory under the late Dr. Edwin Weiss. He was awarded a senior teaching fellowship in the mathematics department and worked as a mathematics tutor in the resident tutor program.

From 1971 to 1976, Douglas worked at the law offices of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae in New York City as a paralegal assistant specializing in litigation. In 1976, he was hired as a mathematician in the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center (now called the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) in Newport, Rhode Island. Douglas joined the Trident Command and Control System Maintenance Activity in Newport in 1979 as a computer specialist where he was the on-site representative for the data processing subsystem on the first Trident submarines. From 1980 to 1983, Douglas served as an operations research analyst at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey.

In 1983, Douglas moved to Washington, D.C. where he was appointed as a computer specialist in the U. S. General Services Administration and in the U.S. Office of Advanced Planning. In those positions, Douglas assisted in conducting technology assessments for automatic data processing and telecommunications throughout all federal departments. In 1984, Douglas joined the National Science Foundation (NSF). While there, he oversaw a large increase in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in the Division of Mathematical Sciences. Douglas was then appointed as the assistant to the Vice President for Research at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2010, he became the associate director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and, in 2012, he has been the associate director of the Office of Contracts and Grants at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Douglas served on numerous committees in the Mathematical Association of America. In addition, he was elected as president of two, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association and the NSF Employees Association. He received NSF’s Meritorious Service Award in 2007.

Lloyd E. Douglas was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 19, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lloyd Douglas lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lloyd Douglas describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his mother's immigration to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lloyd Douglas describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his father's education and his employment in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his parents' marriage in 1948
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lloyd Douglas describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lloyd Douglas describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lloyd Douglas describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lloyd Douglas talks about the Jamaican community in Brooklyn, New York while he was growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lloyd Douglas describes his interest in science in elementary school and talks about his father helping him with his studies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his interests as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lloyd Douglas talks about the schools that he attended in New York City and his experience in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his involvement in Christ English Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lloyd Douglas talks about the political climate in the United States in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his childhood interest in space
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lloyd Douglas talks about the 1964 New York City World's Fair and the Mobile Economy Run
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his family's infrequent vacations and their trip to Jamaica in 1961
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his desire to attend Brooklyn Tech High School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience at Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience at Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lloyd Douglas describes his decision to apply to the City University of New York (CUNY), and attend Brooklyn College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lloyd Douglas talks about the reaction to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience at the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lloyd Douglas describes his decision to pursue his graduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lloyd Douglas talks about starting a Ph.D. degree in mathematics at Boston University, and leaving the program to go to work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience with the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience as a computer specialist at the U.S. General Services Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lloyd Douglas talks about self-teaching himself computer programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lloyd Douglas describes his role as the head of the central computer system at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lloyd Douglas discusses the mission and funding mechanisms of the National Science Foundation, and Walter Massey becoming the head of the NSF
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience at the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lloyd Douglas discusses the National Science Foundation (NSF)'sfunding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lloyd Douglas discusses his role as a program officer in the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lloyd Douglas talks about the National Science Foundation (NSF) Employee Association and his appointment at the University of Nevada at Reno
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lloyd Douglas describes the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience in the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lloyd Douglas describes his experience as associate director of the Office of Contracts and Grants at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his service at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lloyd Douglas lists the professional organizations where he is a member
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lloyd Douglas reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his interest in hockey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lloyd Douglas describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lloyd Douglas reflects upon the approach to mathematics in the educational system and in the community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lloyd Douglas discusses his operating philosophy while reviewing grants and the importance of communicating science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lloyd Douglas talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lloyd Douglas talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lloyd Douglas describes his photographs