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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
High School Chemistry Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cheesecake, Pig Feet
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
My Skin Covers Me Very Well. I Fit In It And I Don't Let Anyone In It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1911
Birth Location:
Camden, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
High School Chemistry Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cheesecake, Pig Feet
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
My Skin Covers Me Very Well. I Fit In It And I Don't Let Anyone In It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1911
Birth Location:
Camden
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Biography

At the age of ninety-one, Robert Beale was still teaching. Born in Camden, New Jersey, on November 19, 1911, Beale moved with his family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1919. After graduating from high school, Beale went to West Virginia State University in 1929, and graduated cum laude in 1932. From there he attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning his M.S. degree in chemistry in 1934. He returned to school at Penn State University, where he received his PhD in chemistry in 1942.

Beale began his teaching career at what is now known as Hutson-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas, working in the chemistry department. After serving as a teacher and administrator at eleven different colleges during his career, including North Carolina A&T, the University of Maryland and Virginia Union, Beale retired in 1986. In 1990, Beale returned to teaching in the Prince George's County School District after hearing there was a shortage of black male teachers.

He taught at Suitland High School and took students on an annual "college tour," a five-day trip to various colleges in the South. He stayed active in the lives of his students, going to meet with parents and encouraging his students to further their education. His daughter, Joy Beale Mitchell, worked with him, serving as a media specialist at the school. He also had a son, Robert Beale, Jr.

Beale passed away on October 9, 2006 at age 94.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Beale's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Robert Beale's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Beale lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Beale describes his maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Beale describes his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Beale describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Beale describes his father's occupation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Beale describes his father's occupation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Beale describes the sights, sounds and smells of 1920s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Beale describes the sights, sounds and smells of 1920s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Beale describes the sights, sounds and smells of 1920s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Beale describes his childhood interests, activities and attending church in Camden, New Jersey and south Philadelphia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Beale describes his family's musical abilities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Beale remembers the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1926
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Beale describes attending James Logan Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Beale describes attending Southern Manual Training High School for Boys, later South Philadelphia High School, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Beale describes his post-high school career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Beale explains how he attended West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Beale explains the significance of the second Morrill Act in 1890 to the establishment of southern black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Beale describes his experience as an undergraduate student at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Beale describes his experience working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after graduating from college in 1931, during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Beale talks about earning a master's degree and his first teaching job at Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Beale describes his tenure as an educator at Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Beale describes his tenure as an educator at Princess Anne College in Princess Anne, Maryland from 1936 to 1939
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Beale talks about earning his Ph.D. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1942
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Beale describes meeting his wife and the birth of his two children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Beale lists the twelve institutions where he taught chemistry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Beale describes his tenure as an instructor at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Beale describes one of his most memorable teaching moments in the chemistry department at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Beale talks briefly about his retirement from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Beale remembers civil rights activity in Greensboro, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Beale talks about joining the faculty at Suitland High School in Forestville, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Beale describes his concerns and challenges as a high school educator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert Beale describes the most rewarding aspect of teaching
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Beale shares his teaching philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Beale describes how education has changed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Beale describes how he maintains the energy to teach at ninety years old
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Beale describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Beale reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Beale remembers his childhood girlfriend
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Beale considers what he would have done differently in his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Beale describes how he would like to be remembered