Oran Wendle Eagleson

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Oran Wendle Eagleson (1910–1997) was the Callaway Professor of Psychology at Spelman College, Atlanta.[1]

Eagleson was the eighth black person in the United States to receive a doctorate in psychology.[1]

Early life[edit]

Oran Wendle Eagleson was born in Unionville, Indiana in 1910.[2] Shortly after Eagleson’s birth, his family moved to Bloomington, India, where he lived until the age of 25. [2] Eagleson had a sister, Katie M. Eagleson, and a brother, Halson V. Eagleson, who later became a professor of physics at Howard University. [2] The summer before Eagleson entered high school, both his parents passed away, [2] leaving him and his siblings to care for one another. Eagleson took a job as a shoe shiner and shoe repair finisher to financially support his siblings and himself. [2] He continued working in this shoe repair shop for over ten years, from high school through graduate school, and even for several months after he had received his doctorate.[2]


It was hard for Eagleson to find employment with his psychology degree.[2] He found a job in 1936 in Durham, North Carolina at the North Carolina College for Negroes, where he taught psychology, sociology, economics, and philosophy.[2] After financial issue in Durham, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to teach at Spelman, a women’s college.[2] At Spelman, he was high paid, but psychology was not a major. It was an elective until a few years later.[2] Eagleson also served as an exchange professor at Atlanta University where he taught graduate courses.[2] He became the dean of instruction at Spelman in 1954 and in 1970 he was promoted as Callaway Professor of Psychology.[2] He was co-director of Morehouse-Spelman Intensified Pre-College program.[2] H was also a lecturer and consultant in orientation and training project conducted by the Peace Corps.[2]


  1. ^ a b Franklin, Anderson J.; Yates, Jacques Frank (1979), Research directions of Black psychologists, Russell Sage Foundation, p. 5, ISBN 978-0-87154-254-0 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n *Guthrie, Robert V. (2004), Even the rat was white a historical view of psychology (2 ed.), Allyn and Bacon, p. 181, ISBN 978-0-205-39264-3 


  • Guthrie, Robert V. (2004), Even the rat was white a historical view of psychology (2 ed.), Allyn and Bacon, pp. 155–212, ISBN 978-0-205-39264-3