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Randolph W. Bromery


Geologist, Geophysicist, Educator


Randolph W. Bromery

Randolph W. Bromery, a geologist, geophysicist, and educator, was Commonwealth Professor, Emeritus, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a trustee of The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bromery served as an exploration geophysicist with the U. S. Geological Survey and as president of Roxbury Community College, Boston, and Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts. At the University of Massachusetts, he held positions as a professor of geophysics, department chair, vice chancellor for student affairs, chancellor of the Amherst campus, and executive vice president of the university system. Dr. Bromery also served as chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Regents for Higher Education and as interim president of Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts. He received many awards, including Distinguished Alumnus Awards from Howard University, the University of Massachusetts, and The Johns Hopkins University, and nine honorary degrees from universities in the United States and abroad. Dr. Bromery was appointed by President George W. Bush to two terms on the Presidents Committee on the National Medal of Science. He was a member of the NASA Advisory Board and numerous other advisory boards for the federal government as well as the National Research Council. During World War II, Dr. Bromery served with the Tuskegee Airmen. He earned a B.S. in mathematics from Howard University, an M.S in geology from American University, and a Ph.D. in geology from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Obituary from the University of Massachusetts

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