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

Arnold, Adam S., Jr.

(born: 1922  -  died: 2017) 

Adam Arnold, Jr. was a Danville, KY native who grew up in Lexington, KY. He became the first African American faculty member at the University of Notre Dame. In 1957, Arnold was hired as a professor of finance there, receiving tenure in 1961. He remained at the school for 30 years. In 2002 he received the William P. Sexton Award for outstanding service to the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Arnold received his Ph.D. in finance in 1951 and his MBA in 1948, both from the University of Wisconsin. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War I.

Dr. Adam Arnold, Jr. died April 14, 2017. See In Memoriam: Adam Arnold, first African American faculty member, by Dennis Brown in Notre Dame News [online], 4/24/2017.

For more see "Arnold honored with Sexton Award," Notre Dame Business Magazine Online, Issue 11, 2004 (available through Interlibrary Loan).

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