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

Fields, Holloway, Jr.

(born: 1927  -  died: 2006) 

Holloway Fields, Jr. was born in Lexington, KY. In 1951, he became the first African American undergraduate to graduate from the University of Kentucky (UK) and from the UK College of Engineering with an electrical engineering degree. Fields was valedictorian of his 1945 graduating class at old Dunbar High School; he also was president of the student council and captain of the football team.

He had first enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Technology and then transferred to the University of Kentucky following the U.S. District Court decision forcing the University of Kentucky to become desegregated.

Fields went on to become an engineer with the General Electric Company, retiring in 1991. He was also a World War II veteran and a resident of Syracuse, NY, where he died.

Holloway Fields was the son of Holloway Sr. and Margaret Fields. According to the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, the family lived on Montmullin Street at the home of Rosie Bryant, who was Holloway Fields' maternal grandmother.

For more see "Holloway Fields, Jr., BSEE 1951" [available online at the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction website]; and "First black to earn bachelor's degree from UK dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/01/2006.

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