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Seals, Rupert Grant

(born: 1932) 

Rupert G. Seals was born in Shelby County, KY, according to the Kentucky Birth Index, and by 1940, the family lived in Lexington, KY. Dr. Rupert G. Seals is a 1953 graduate of Florida A&M University; in 1956, he was the first African American graduate to earn a masters degree from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture; and in 1960, he was the 5th African American to earn a doctoral degree in animal sciences from Washington State University [source: Class of 2017 CAFE Hall of Distinguished Alumni Inducted, UK Public Relations & Marketing website; and Rupert G. Seals, Alumni, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment website]. During his career, Dr. Seals has been a professor at several universities, in addition, he served as dean of the School of Agriculture and Home Economics at Florida A&M from 1969-1974. At the University of Nevada, he served as the associate dean of the College of Agriculture from 1976-1987. Dr. Seals retired from Florida A&M in 1998. Among his many recognitions, awards, and honors, he received the Thornton Peace Prize in 1987 from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2017, he was inducted into the CAFE Hall of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rupert G. Seals is the author of a number of publications including his 1955 master's thesis at the University of Kentucky titled The Effect of Thioglycollic Acid on the Oxidized Flavor of Milk; his 1960 dissertation at Washington State University titled Some Aspects of the Dye Binding of Milk and Milk Powder Proteins; and the 1998 co-authored book titled Disparity: an analysis of the historical political, and funding factors at the state level affecting black academic agriculture.

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