Frederick S. Humphries, former Florida A&M University president, dies at 85

A champion of historically Black colleges and universities and education for students of color, especially in the sciences, Humphries led FAMU to be the leading producer of Black baccalaureate degree holders during his presidency from 1985 to 2001. Prior to that, he served as president of Tennessee State University (1974 to 1985).

Humphries earned his masters and doctorate degrees in chemistry at Pitt, becoming the first Black person to obtain a PhD from that program. He later served as a Pitt trustee.

Read a Washington Post obituary