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Thu, 10.10.1901

Frederick Patterson, Education Administrator born

FrederickD. Patterson

Frederick Patterson was born on this date in 1901. He was a Black doctor and education administrator.

Frederick Douglass Patterson was born in Washington, D. C. he and his family moved to Texas when he was young.  He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine (1923) and a Master of Science (1927) from Iowa State College, and a Ph.D. (1932) from Cornell University. He taught at Virginia State College in Petersburg before joining Tuskegee Institute in Alabama (1928), where he headed the veterinary division, served as director of the School of Agriculture, and became the institute's third president.

He was president of Tuskegee Institute from 1935-53. During this time (1944), he was the founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The United Negro College Fund, a fund-raising organization for Historically Black Private Colleges and Universities, administered programs and granted scholarships.  In the mid-1970s, Patterson devised the College Endowment Funding Plan, a program that depended on funds from private businesses matched with federal money.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1987.  By the year of Patterson's death, it was providing funds for 42 member colleges and aiding some 45,000 students.    Frederick Patterson, educator, and prominent Black leader, died on April 26, 1988, in New Rochelle, N.Y.

To become a Doctor


Outside In, African American History in Iowa, 1838-2000
by Bill Silag, Susan-Koch Bridgford, Hal Chase
Copyright 2001
Published by the State Historical Society of Iowa
ISBN 0-8033-013-1

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