Title and Description Page
Early Years and College 1
Family. Childhood in Kansas. School. Early desire to be veterinarian. Determined character. Chooses University of Illinois. Majors in biology but takes a lot of chemistry. Dislikes dead animals so gives up idea of veterinary school.
First Job and Graduate School Years 6
Accepts job at Hercules Aerospace, Inc., an explosives company. Works in quality assurance. Encouraged by fellow employee to consider advanced degree. Studies mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry in spare time. Accepted into PhD program at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Black woman chairman of department an inspiration. Writes two-part thesis under two advisors: nuclear magnetic resonance of biological buffer; and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization of proteins and amino acids. Calls self “hard-headed” in determination to succeed.
New Opportunities 23
Finds new job in Chemical and Engineering News: Senior Research and Development Scientist at Unilever HPC (formerly Helene Curtis). Moves to Abbott Laboratories as R&D Scientist. Late-stage analysis at first; then early-stage. Affinity groups: Black Business Network and Women Leadership Action. Moves to Mikart, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia; moves up to R&D Analytical Manager.
Final Thoughts 41
Revogenex, Inc., as Manager of Analytical Services. Speed Laboratory, Inc., as Director of Analytical Services. Advice for would-be chemists. Chairman, Committee on Minority Affairs at American Chemical Society. Future career possibilities.