GWU’s first African-American professor dies at 86 – News – Shelby Star


The Gardner-Webb University community is remembering the life of a former professor of religion. Dr. R. Logan Carson, 86, who taught at GWU from 1973 to 1994, passed away Nov. 3 in Wake Forest. He taught Old Testament studies and was the Universitys first African-American professor.

In 1994, he became the first full-time African-American professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, where he taught until 2009.

Dr. Robert Lamb, professor and dean emeritus of GWU School of Divinity, remembered Carson’s boisterous personality and sense of humor. Blind from birth, Carson wasn’t hindered by his handicap. “He insisted on being the secretary in our department meetings,” Lamb offered. “He would get out his stylus and thick paper and you could hear him…

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