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Arnold, Adam Shirley, Jr.

(born: April 28, 1922  -  died: April 14, 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, he was hired as a professor of finance there, receiving tenure in 1961. Dr. Arnold 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.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Dr. Adam Arnold, Jr. had been a professor at Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Prairie View A&M University, University of Wisconsin, and Hampton Institute. Dr. Arnold had earned his Ph.D. in finance in 1951 and his MBA in 1948, both from the University of Wisconsin. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.

Dr. Adam Arnold, Jr. died April 14, 2017. He was the son of Adam Sr. and Alice Hambleton Arnold. He was the husband of Helen Smoot Arnold. 

For more see "Arnold honored with Sexton Award," Notre Dame Business Magazine Online, Issue 11, 2004; "Adam S. Arnold, Jr.," Daily Press, 05/03/2017, p.A9; In Memoriam: Adam Arnold, first African American faculty member, by Dennis Brown in Notre Dame News [online], 4/24/2017; see Dr. Adam S. Arnold, Jr. at Find A Grave.

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