A group of 1967-73 engineering graduates of Tuskegee University, known as
the Tuskegee Old School Engineers, were in Atlanta the weekend of May 24-
26 for reunion activities.
The group also participated in the 14th annual Jazz Scholarship Brunch held
by the Atlanta Tuskegee Alumni Club.
The first reunion was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2001, to
celebrate the retirement of now deceased Ken Rocker of Lucent Technologies.
The group enjoyed barbecue, Rocker’s pool and held worship on Sunday.
This year’s activities included golfing at Wolf Creek and Happy Hour at
Sweet Auburn Seafood on May 24. After overflowing two reserved tables,
owner Paul Williams opened the VIP room for the group. On May 25, the
Engineers joined about 400 guests at the Atlanta Gateway Marriott for brunch,
Jazz music by MilkShake, recognized four Pioneers and awarded 16
scholarships to Atlanta area students enrolled at Tuskegee.
The honorees were Dr. E.R. Deveaux, director of the Marietta Performance
Learning Center; Martina Edwards, the only African-American woman seat
holder on the New York Stock Exchange out of 1,366 members in 2004;
Michael Washington, a third generation Tuskegeean and STEM advocate; and
Phyllis Kitchens Thurmond, a physical therapist and devoted contributor to
historically black colleges and universities, who brought a check for TU’s
president Lily McNair.
Following the festivities, the Engineers held an impromptu meeting,
promising to make themselves available as mentors for current Tuskegee
Engineering students and provide support for enhanced student experience at
Tuskegee. Dean H. Aglan surprised participants with commemorative cup
gifts from TU’s School of Engineering.
In May 1967, TU graduated 11 undergraduates in electrical and mechanical
engineering. Currently, the college graduates 100 undergraduate annually in
aerospace, chemical, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering with
graduate programs in chemical, electrical, mechanical, material science and
PhD in materials science and engineering.
Submitted by: Walter G. Robinson of Marietta