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Early and College Years 1
Born in Pavo, Georgia. Parents’ work. Move to Moultrie, Georgia. Early schooling. Encouragement from parents and teachers. Discovers science in high school. Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, sends recruiter, who offers King scholarship. She matriculates, expecting to major in home economics. First chemistry class persuades her to become research chemist. Alfred Spriggs as mentor. Gas chromatography in Spriggs’ lab. Influence of Spriggs and other chemistry professors on decision about graduate school.
Graduate School 8
Applies for and receives Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Chooses University of Chicago over University of Minnesota. Dr. Clement. Studying hard. Summer employment as maid in upstate New York. Rules of the time for women more inhibiting than racial discrimination. O.J. Kleppa her dissertation advisor. Meets fellow chemist, eventually marries him. Obtains PhD in thermochemistry.
Life in Washington, D.C. 19
Accepts position as research chemist at National Bureau of Standards. Husband’s studies at Howard University. Works on project for Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense. Publishes some papers. Gives birth to two sons. Discussion of gender barriers. Many transitions.
Move to New York 24
Husband begins teaching at Nassau Community College in Garden City, Long Island, New York. King becomes assistant professor at York College, part of the City University of New York system. Moves up to become associate dean.
Role Reversal 26
Becomes president of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Husband becomes research chemist at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Benjamin Mays, former mentor and man who performed marriage of the two Kings, remains friend. Importance of her church. Spends ten years at Metro. Becomes vice president at General Mills, Inc.; and president of General Mills Foundation. Discusses her role and goals there. Importance of communication. Attitude. Applying scientific approach in all her jobs. Balancing family life with work. Her children today.