In Memoriam

Frank J. Toland Sr. (1920-2010)

Frank J. Toland Sr., a longtime professor of African-American and southern history at Tuskegee University in Alabama, has died at the age of 90.

A native of South Carolina, he was the valedictorian of his high school class. After serving in the military during World War II, Toland enrolled at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, political science, and history. In 1948 he earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the only black student in the graduate history program at the university.

He joined the faculty at Tuskegee University in 1949 and became chair of the history department in 1968. He retired from teaching at the end of the 2008-09 academic year after serving for six decades on the faculty.