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Julius Richardson

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.

Accession Number

A2001.065

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/1/2001

Last Name

Richardson

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First Name

Julius

Birth City, State, Country

Blythedale

HM ID

RIC02

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Florida

Favorite Quote

I can do anything I make up my mind to do.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

3/3/1921

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Peanuts, Okra

Death Date

9/26/2007

Short Description

Golf instructor Julius Richardson (1921 - 2007 ) was named the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation’s Teaching Professional of the 20th Century. In 1960, Richardson retired as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and wanted to play golf professionally, but never did because, at that time, African Americans could only play in the Professional Golf Association if they had an apprenticeship. Richardson taught golf at Willow Glenn and the Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago.

Employment

United States Army

Aerospace Guidance Center

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Favorite Color

Brown

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Julius Richardson interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julius Richardson's favorites

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