Reatha Clark King
Dr Reatha Clark King (born April 11, 1938) is an American chemist who has been an educator, administrator and a pioneer in thermochemistry research.
Clark’s father, Willie B. Clark, was a sharecropper, and her mother, Ola Mae Watts Campbell, had only a third-grade education. Clark, herself, attended Clark College in Atlanta, where she initially enrolled as a home economics major. She was encouraged to become a research chemist by Alfred Spriggs, the head of the chemistry department there. King earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Clark College.
Spriggs encouraged her to apply for a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which she received from 1958-1960. The fellowship supported her work at the University of Chicago, from which she obtained a Master of Science degree in chemistry in 1960. She received her Ph.D. in thermochemistry from the University of Chicago in 1963. While in Chicago married N. Judge King.
King was employed for five years (1963–1968) as a research chemist for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. King was the first African American female chemist to work at the agency. She used techniques for both bomb and flame calorimetry. Much of her work there involved measuring the accurate heats of formation of gaseous fluorine compounds, and she received a Meritorious Publication Award for her paper on fluoride flame calorimetry. This research was important to the NASA space program. Techniques and mechanisms that she developed for flame fluorine calorimetry are still used.
In 1988, King was recruited by General Mills in Minneapolis to serve in two roles. She became vice president of the General Mills Corporation and president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation. In 2002, she was elected as chairman of the board of trustees of General Mills Foundation and served in this position until retiring in 2003.
Under her leadership the General Mills Foundation, has been active both locally and nationally in philanthropic and community service.
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