The Bromery Fund for the Minorities First Annual Award
Strong advocates of W.E.B. Dubois’ concept of the 'talented tenth', a cadre of educated leaders who will devote their talents to racial uplift”; the Bromerys hope that this fund will encourage such leadership within the minority communities.
The Foundation is honored to announce that the GSA Awards Ceremony in Houston will be the setting for the first annual Bromery Award for the Minorities.
Randolph W. “Bill” Bromery and Cecile T. Bromery established the Bromery Fund for Minorities within the GSA Foundation in December of 1999. The purpose of the fund is to support and award minorities who have made significant contributions to research in the geological sciences or those who have been instrumental in opening the geoscience field to other minorities.
Bromery has a long history of service to GSA. He served on Council, chaired the Audit and Nominating Committees, was a leading member of the Committee on Committees, and played a prominent role in the recognition and advancement of minorities in geology. He was GSA’s 101st President, and chaired the Second Century Fund for Earth Education and the Environment from 1992 – 1996.
Bromery was the first black scientist and educator to be involved in a large number of organizational and geographic venues. His career paralleled the giant advances in race relations and recognition in the years following World War II, and his achievements have served as a model for the members of many minority groups how now populate science, education, and business. The National Academy of Sciences named Bromery as an outstanding black scientist in 1997.
Bromery has served on the boards of several corporations in the industry, including Exxon, Chemical Bank, NYNEX, John Hancock, Singer, New England Telephone, and Northwestern Life. He has served as president for two Massachusetts companies – Weston Geophysical International and Geoscience Engineering.
Born in Cumberland, Maryland, Bromery served as one of the Tuskegee airmen during World War II. In 1948 he began working for the U.S. Geological Survey as a geophysicist, and during the next 19 years also earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Howard, American and Johns Hopkins Universities, respectively. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was his entrance into the academic world and he continued with that state university for most of the balance of his career as professor, department chair, vice chancellor for student affairs, and chancellor and senior vice president with the Office of President.
Bill married Cecile in 1947, and raised five children. They now split their time between two residences – one in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the other on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
by Donna L. Russell, Director of Operations
Nominations for this outstanding award should be directed to GSA – firstname.lastname@example.org – by April 1, 2008. The selection of the recipient will be made by the GSA Committee on Women and Minorities in consultation with the National Association for Black Geologists and Geophysicists.