Oral History Interview with Theodore Cross

Interview by Richard A. Goldsby, June 16, 2008

Theodore Cross, a graduate of the class of 1946 and former member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees, interviewed by Richard Goldsby, the first professor appointed to the Cross Chair.


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 as 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 immune response's cellular and molecular biology, particularly the mechanisms underlying antibody diversity.

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