Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson was born in 1901 in Washington, DC. His tenure at Tuskegee University started in 1928 and spanned almost 25 years as the Head of the Veterinary division, Director of the School of Agriculture and finally as Tuskegee's third president. Patterson founded the United Negro College Fund in 1944. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Patterson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
Hampton Institute Centennial, 11/22/1968 medal "Light in Darkness" (1 of 2)