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E. Oscar Woolfolk
*E. Oscar Woolfolk was born on this date in 1912. He was a Black chemist and Professor.
From Tupelo, Mississippi, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College, Alabama, in 1934 and a Master of Science from Ohio State University in 1939. Ten years later, Woolfolk earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
During this time, he worked as a Research Assistant at Ohio University (1938-1940), an Instructor of Chemistry at Claflin College (1940-1942), Director for the Chemistry Laboratory of the Scioto Ordinance Plant1 (1942-43), and as Research Chemist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines (1943-49). He married Norma B. Woolfolk and had two children, Dennis and David. Woolfolk was a Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Department for Central State College between 1949-68. Professor Woolfolk served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Central State University (1967-68) and Vice-President for Academic Affairs (196-71).
He served as Visiting Lecturer at Urbana College (1967-68). Professor Woolfolk served as Dean at Fisk University from 1973 to 1978. Professor E. Oscar Woolfolk's area of research was identifying amines. E. Oscar Woolfolk died in 1990 at age 78 in Nashville, TN.