Interview of Robert M. Duncan by Tamar Chute

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Title: Interview of Robert M. Duncan by Tamar Chute
Creators: Duncan, Robert M.
Contributors: Chute, Tamar
Keywords: Speaker's Rule
Desegregation at Columbus Public Schools
Subjects (LCSH): African American college students -- Ohio -- Columbus
Ohio State University. Board of Trustees
Duncan, Robert M. -- Interviews
Ohio State University -- History -- Sources
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Ohio State University Archives
Series/Report no.: Ohio State University. University Archives Oral History Program. Ohio State University Oral History Project
Abstract: The Hon. Robert M. Duncan was born in 1927 in Urbana, Ohio. He came to OSU as a freshman in 1945, and he graduated from the College of Education in 1948. Unable to find a teaching job as an African American in Columbus, he went to Chicago, worked as a bell boy, and decided to go to law school. He returned to Ohio State, and worked at the statehouse through graduate school. Duncan’s military obligations had been deferred during the Korean War, to allow him to finish law school, so in 1952 he was sent to Alaska to handle legal matters for the army. In 1954 Duncan returned to Columbus. He was soon hired as Assistant Attorney General, and was eventually appointed Chief Counsel. Duncan was later appointed to the Franklin County Municipal Court, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined a law firm, started teaching at OSU, and was eventually hired to the OSU Department of Legal Affairs. He served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and has seen—and helped to make—many of the changes within the University and the state’s education and legal system.
Description: John Bowen: classmate and lawyer (p. 14) -- Paul Brown: Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio (pp. 18-19) -- Roland Brown: Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s Columbus Metropolitan Schools Committee (p. 54) -- Michael Coleman: Mayor of Columbus (p. 39) -- Henry Cramblet: assisted with creation of the James Cancer Hospital (p. 27) -- Dr. Luvern L. Cunningham: former Dean of the College of Education (pp. 52-53, 55) -- Lawrence Curtis: lawyer (p. 16) -- Jack Day: Cleveland civil rights advocate, involved in Speaker’s Rule case (p. 17) -- Foster Rhea Dulles: OSU Professor, Dept. of History (p. 10) -- Harold Enarson: OSU President (p. 27) -- Lee Fisher: Attorney General of Ohio (p. 24) -- Dan Galbreath: assisted with creation of the James Cancer Hospital (p. 27) -- E. Gordon Gee: OSU President (pp. 23-24, 26, 39) -- Marty Gibbs: fellow African American OSU student (p. 7) -- Cornelius Green: OSU quarterback (pp. 28-29) -- Dan Guy: friend, lawyer, later Professor at Ohio Northern (p. 15) -- Anne Hayes: wife of OSU Football Coach Woody Hayes (p. 29) -- Woody Hayes: OSU football coach (pp. 28-30) -- Michael Hogan: Dean of Humanities (p. 36) -- Karen Holbrook: OSU President (p. 26) -- Arthur G. James: OSU Professor and champion of OSU’s James Cancer Hospital (p. 27) -- Dean W. Jeffers: assisted with creation of the James Cancer Hospital (p. 27) -- Edward Jennings: OSU President (p. 25) -- William Kirwan: OSU President (pp. 26, 34) -- Charles Lazarus: assisted with creation of the James Cancer Hospital (p. 27) -- Russell Leach: Columbus attorney (p. 16) -- Tom Moyer: lawyer and later Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Ohio (p. 16) -- Samuel Porter: Columbus litigator (p. 56) -- James A. Rhodes: Governor of Ohio (pp. 17-18, 27) -- William "Bill" Saxbe: OSU alumnus, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (pp. 13, 16, 21) -- Madison H. Scott: Secretary of the Board of Trustees (p. 32) -- Barbara Snyder: OSU Provost (pp. 34, 36) -- Gregory M. Travalio: OSU professor, Moritz College of Law (p. 22) -- George Voinovich: lawyer and later U.S. Senator (p. 16) -- James Wade: first African American High School Principal in Columbus (p. 48) -- Leslie Wexner: University Trustee (p. 34) -- Gregory Williams: Dean of the Moritz College of Law (p. 36) -- William "Deke" Willis: OSU football player (p. 8) -- John W. Wolf: assisted with creation of the James Cancer Hospital (p. 27) -- Nancy Zimpher: Dean of the College of Education (p. 36)
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/49703
Other Identifiers: SPEC.RG42/xx
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