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Theodore L. Cross 1946, H1988

Theodore L. Cross  was interviewed by Richard A. Goldsby on June 16, 2008. Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request .

Theodore L. Cross , Class of 1946, has had multiple careers as a lawyer, author, editor and publisher, civil rights activist, and conservationist.  For almost a decade he served on the College's Board of Trustees on the Investment Committee, shaping the argument for divestment.  In 1981, his gift to the College established the Cross Chair with the stipulation that the first person appointed to the full-time endowed chair be an outstanding black scientist.

Richard A. Goldsby was appointed to the new Cross Chair in 1981 and is a Professor of Biology and John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer at Amherst College and an adjunct Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  he is a world renowned immunologist interested in the cellular and molecular biology of the immune response, particularly the mechanisms underlying antibody diversity. 

  • Cross describes his return to Amherst after World War II:
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  • Cross talks about the activities of the Board of Trustees:
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  • Cross talks about the value of a liberal arts education:
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  • Cross explains why he endowed a chair:
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