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Robert Sherwood Dorsey

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mechanical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meat Sauce
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
You should change the problems that you can change and accept those you cannot change and then have the wisdom to know the differences.

Birthplace

Born:
10/9/1923
Birth Location:
Lafayette, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mechanical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meat Sauce
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
You should change the problems that you can change and accept those you cannot change and then have the wisdom to know the differences.

Birthplace

Born:
10/9/1923
Birth Location:
Lafayette
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Biography

Engineer Robert Sherwood Dorsey was born on October 9, 1293 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The son of Rita Starling Allen and Willie Dorsey, he graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas. Enrolling in Prairie View College in 1941, Dorsey volunteered for the U.S. Army Reserves and studied engineering. Drafted into the segregated U.S. Army, Dorsey served in the 92nd Infantry Division and worked as a water purification specialist for a combat engineering battalion. Honorably discharged in March of 1946, Dorsey eventually enrolled at Ohio State University where he excelled at football and earned his B.S. degree in 1949 in mechanical engineering.

Hired by General Electric, Dorsey helped develop the engines used in airplanes like the B-1, B-2, F-14, F-16, and F-18. He also participated in the joint venture between GE and French company SNECMA which created the CFM56 engines used in many commercial jets. After leaving GE in 1987, Dorsey worked with Belcan, a consulting firm, analyzing problems associated with military engines.

Ohio State University awarded Dorsey the Distinguished Football Alumnus Award and he has also received awards from the NCAA and the Cincinnati chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. An inductee into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the international mechanical engineering honor society, Dorsey is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He served on the board of trustees for the Ohio State University and as the president of the National Alumni Association of the Ohio State University.

Dorsey was married to Helena Fredericka Harris and they had three daughters. Dorsey passed away on February 11, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Dorsey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Dorsey lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Dorsey talks about his mother, Rita Allen
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Dorsey talks about his father, Willie Dorsey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Dorsey describes his childhood in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Dorsey describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Dorsey describes his experience in Houston's segregated school system in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Dorsey talks about his teachers in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Dorsey talks about joining the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Dorsey describes his experience with the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) during World War II - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Dorsey describes his experience with the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) during World War II - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Dorsey talks about segregation in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Dorsey talks about applying to college after returning from World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Dorsey talks about his mentors during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Dorsey describes his experience at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Dorsey talks about segregation in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Dorsey describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Dorsey describes his decision to work at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Dorsey describes his first year at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Dorsey describes the creative process in engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Dorsey discusses the changes in minority rights that began in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Dorsey describes his experience at the General Electric plant in Cincinnati
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Dorsey describes General Electric Company's involvement in manufacturing jet engines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Dorsey reflects upon keeping abreast with changes in technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Dorsey describes his proudest contribution at General Electric Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Dorsey talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Dorsey reflects upon the opportunities for the African American community in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Dorsey reflects upon his experience as one of the first African Americans at the General Electric plant in Evendale
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Dorsey talks about his simulation project at General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Dorsey describes his post-retirement consulting work with H&R Block and Belcan Engineering
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Dorsey reflects upon the future of engineering and race relations in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Dorsey reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Dorsey describes his photographs