Reed ’60s program leads to success

Robert Hall recently took the time to write a letter from Seattle with thanks to Reed College for an opportunity that he believes led to his current success. Hall participated at Reed in the Upward Bound program for disadvantaged youths at the end of his junior year of high school, the summer of 1965. He went on to become the first African American to graduate from the University of Washington with a B.S. in chemical engineering (1970).

After college, Hall’s skills were put to use in a number of chemical engineering projects, two that were particularly notable to the general public: putting out the fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the clean up of the first Super Fund site, the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York.

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Reed Magazine February 2003
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