Adam S. Arnold Jr., University of Notre Dame’s First African-American Faculty Member, Dies at 94

Adam S. Arnold Jr., the University of Notre Dame’s first African-American faculty member, died recently.

Arnold, an associate professor emeritus of finance, died April 14 at age 94, the university announced Monday in an online obituary.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Arnold joined Notre Dame in 1957 and served on the faculty for 30 years.

Arnold in 1967 was appointed by the South Bend Common Council to serve on the board of directors of the South Bend Public Transportation Corp. (now known as Transpo), according to the South Bend Tribune archives.

In 1985, Arnold presented the results of a study he had completed, titled “The Black’s Share,” at a NAACP workshop in South Bend. Arnold told the audience that far too many blacks were living in poverty and unable to effectively participate in the new technology- and service-oriented economy.

“I see the future bleak for blacks,” Arnold said, according to Tribune coverage of the event. “It’s a two-tier economy. We’re moving into a high tech economy of electronics, computers and so forth … and blacks are not trained for it.”

After retirement, Arnold and his wife, Helen, moved to Hampton, Va., to be near family.

Born in 1922 in Danville, Kentucky, Arnold spent much of his youth in Lexington, according to the university. A member of the Beta Sigma National Honor Society and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, he attended West Virginia State College, where he met his future wife. Upon graduating, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II in Normandy, Northern France, Germany, Central Europe and the South Pacific.

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Source: South Bend Tribune

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