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Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Angie-Lena-Turner-King"(1905-February 28,2004)

Born Elkhorn,West Virginia,in 1905 Angie was a chemist and mathematician who dedicated her life and career to teaching and mentoring students in the sciences.The eldest of William & Laura Turner,Angie had two siblings Sylvia & Irving.


Angie graduated in 1923 from Bluefield Colored Institute (a training high school that became Blluefield State College) in Bluefield,West Virginia.She then studied chemistry and mathematics and earned her BS degree (cum laude) in 1927 from West Virginia State College (WVSC),a Historically Black College and University (HCBU) located in Institute West Virginia.She taught mathematics at the Teacher-Training High School of WVSC,for eight years and eventually was offered a a teaching position on the WVSC college faculty.She taught and mentored many African Americans students WVSC including Jasper Brown Jeffries,a physicist and mathematician who would later work on the Manhattan Project in World War II.Jasper earned his BS in 1933 from WVSC.


Angie continued her education and in 1931 earned and MS degree in chemistry from Cornell University under the direction of Professor Thomas R.Briggs.The title of her thesis was "Interactions Betweeen Solutions of Tannic Acid Hydrous Ferric Oxide." Shen then returned to the faculty at WCSC.

During World War II,Angie taught soldiers in the Army Specialized Training Program at WVSC.In 1946 Angie married Robert Elemore King.They had five daughters.Angie continued her graduate studies in the field of  at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Dr.John A.Nietz.In 1955 she earned her doctoral degree.Angie spent her entire college teaching career at West Virginia State University and retired from the institution in 1980.

Dr.King continued to live in her on-campus house at WVSC.She died in Institute,West Virginia.

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