John Sykes Fayette

Rev. John Sykes Fayette, Class of 1836. Rev. Sykes (pictured here with his wife) is cited as being the first documented African-American student to attend Western Reserve College. The College was then located in Hudson, Ohio. Rev. Sykes, who excelled in mathematics, was a strong abolitionist. He graduated in 1836 and spent another year in Hudson as a theological student….

Juanita Vivian Gregory

Juanita Vivian Gregory. In 1922, Ms. Gregory was awarded a diploma in nursing by Lincoln Hospital in New York. In 1938, she earned a certificate in Public Health Nursing at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve University. In 1943, she became the first African-American to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Frances Payne Bolton…

Perry Brooks Jackson

Judge Perry Brooks Jackson graduated magna cum lade from Adelbert College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an honorary scholarship society. In 1922, he received his LL. B from Western Reserve University Law School. He served as editor of The Cleveland Call (Call & Post) from 1923-1927. Judge Jackson was elected to Ohio Legislature in 1928 and served as…

Reynolds Lee

Dr. Reynolds Lee, 1913. A Clevelander, Dr. Lee graduated from Western Reserve Dental School and established a local practice. He was the brother-in-law of J. Walter Wills, owner of one of Cleveland’s leading funeral homes.

Robert P. Madison

Robert P. Madison, Class of 1948. At his graduation from the Western Reserve University School of Architecture, Mr.. Madison received the Jansen Book Prize Thesis Award. He continued his studies at Harvard University and received a master’s in architecture; he was also elected President of the Class of 1952. Mr.. Madison then received a Fulbright fellowship (1952) to study at…

Robert Shauter

Robert Shauter, Class of 1923. After receiving his degree from the Western Reserve University Pharmacology School, Mr.. Shauter worked for several drug stores. Then in 1936, he and his wife Francis purchased their first store at the corner of East 93rd and Cedar. In 1943, Shauter Drug was expanded and occupied facilities in the Reserve Building at East 55th and…

Russell H. Davis

Russell H. Davis, Class of 1920. Mr.. Davis earned an A.B. degree in Education from Western Reserve College. He Received the B.S. degree (Chemical Engineering) in 1922 from the Case Institute of Technology. He played both football and basketball with the Western Reserve teams. After working for five years in industrial chemical engineering, Mr.. Davis received the first African-American male…