From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bean, Walter Dempsey

(born: 1912  -  died: 2007) 

Bean, born in Midway, KY to James Ennis and Lula G. Rollins Bean, was a 1935 graduate of Kentucky State University and earned his MS at Butler University in 1954. He was a teacher, principal, and supervisor with the Indianapolis Public Schools  and the first African American administrator and recruiter for African American teachers.

Bean helped integrate the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity at Butler University in 1956 when he became the first African American chartered member. He was also the second African American member of the USA American Association of School Personnel Administrators. In 1986, the Kentucky State Alumni Association voted Walter D. Bean one of its 100 outstanding alumni.

For more see Who's Who Among African Americans 1985-2006; Cavinder, Fred D., The Indiana Book of Records, Firsts, and Fascinating Facts, p. 70, at the Google Books website; "Bean leaving after lengthy school tenure, Indianapolis Recorder, May 13, 1978, at the Hoosier State Chronicles website; and Walter D. Bean in The Indianapolis Star "Obituaries," 4/12/2007, p. B04.

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