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“They Said I Should Be an Engineer”

“They Said I Should Be an Engineer”

Tulane and Westinghouse, 1944–50

(p.61) Chapter 4 “They Said I Should Be an Engineer”
And One Was a Priest
Araminta Stone Johnston
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the U.S. Navy’s training program to ensure that its commissioned officers hold a college degree; the question of African American eligibility to apply for the program; Gray’s entry into the V-12 program; his acceptance of a job with Westinghouse Corporation in 1948; his marriage to Ruth “Ruthie” Spivey; and the call of the seminary.

Keywords:   Ruthie, US Navy, training program, African Americans, V-12 program, seminary

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