In Memoriam

Emmett W. Bashful (1917-2011)

Emmett W. Bashful, the first chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, died last month at a hospice facility in Baton Rouge. He was 93 years old.

Dr. Bashful was raised in Baton Rouge and graduated from Southern University in 1940. He taught in the public schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois. After teaching at Florida A&M University and Southern University in Baton Rouge, in 1959 he was offered the opportunity to head the new Southern University campus in New Orleans. He remained chancellor there for 28 years.