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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Golfing
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/25/1913
Birth Location:
Columbus, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Golfing
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/25/1913
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Academic Administrator Louis Adolph “Mike” Rabb was born on October 25, 1913 in Columbus, Mississippi to Emma Farnandis and Louis Rabb, who owned Rabb's Meat Market. Louis A. Rabb attended the local elementary school in Columbus, Mississippi, and was enrolled in Tuskegee Institute Middle School at the age of thirteen.

As a student at Tuskegee, Rabb met Dr. George Washington Carver, Dr. Charles Gomillion, P.H. Polk and Tuskegee president Dr. Robert Russa Moton. Rabb graduated from Tuskegee High School in 1931, and enrolled in college at Tuskegee University. While at Tuskegee, Rabb became friends with Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray and his future wife Marianna Hutcherson. He and Marianna married in 1938. Rabb became a staff member of Tuskegee University after earning his B.S. degree in business administration, and served as the secretary of labor for three years. He received a sponsorship from Tuskegee University to pursue a masters degree from Columbia University, where he earned a M.A. in personnel administration in 1942. Tuskegee also sponsored his Masters in Health Administration degree from Northwestern University in 1948, and appointed Rabb as the administrator of John Andrew Hospital. He later oversaw the transition of John Andrew Hospital to the Tuskegee Bioethics Center.

Rabb served as assistant to the president and secretary of Tuskegee’s Board of Trustees for twenty-eight years under Dr. Luther Foster, from 1953 to 1981, when he retired from Tuskegee University. He passed away on April 23, 2015 at the age of 101.

Louis A. Rabb was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 8, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Louis Rabb's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Louis Rabb lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Louis Rabb describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Louis Rabb describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Louis Rabb describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Louis Rabb describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Louis Rabb recalls his childhood activities in Columbus, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Louis Rabb recalls moving to Tuskegee, Alabama to finish high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Louis Rabb remembers meeting George Washington Carver
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Louis Rabb recalls working three jobs while attending Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Louis Rabb recalls the leaders of Tuskegee Institute when he was a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Louis Rabb describes his social life at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Louis Rabb recalls influential figures from his time at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Louis Rabb talks about Booker T. Washington and Ralph Ellison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Louis Rabb recalls his interactions with George Washington Carver, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Louis Rabb recalls his interactions with George Washington Carver, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Louis Rabb remembers the celebrities who visited Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Louis Rabb recalls the veterans' hospital at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Louis Rabb talks about moving to New York City to pursue a graduate degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Louis Rabb talks about his social life in New York City's Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Louis Rabb describes his friendships with Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Louis Rabb recalls beginning his career in hospital administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Louis Rabb recalls pursuing a master's degree at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Louis Rabb recalls the training of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Louis Rabb talks about the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Louis Rabb talks about the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Louis Rabb recalls the closure of John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Louis Rabb recalls his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Louis Rabb talks about the history of John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Louis Rabb recalls serving as secretary to Tuskegee University's board of trustees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Louis Rabb describes his role on Tuskegee University's board of trustees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Louis Rabb describes recent campus improvements at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Louis Rabb reflects upon his life in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Louis Rabb describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Louis Rabb reflects upon his family life and staying active in retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Louis Rabb reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Louis Rabb recalls meeting Joe Louis at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Louis Rabb describes how he would like to be remembered