Ms. Lou E. Roliston
The Addison Gayle Scholarship was created in 1994 in honor of Baruch Professor Addison Gayle, Jr. Upon his graduation from high school, Addison enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was medically discharged soon thereafter. Addison attended City College of New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. In 1966, he received a Master’s Degree in English Literature (with a specialization in 18th century writers) from the UCLA. Addison began his teaching career at City College in 1966 and joined the faculty of Baruch College in 1969. An internationally recognized literary critic, lecturer, and scholar, in 1980 he was the first African-American to be named a Distinguished Professor in the City University of New York. He was the author of ten books, literary critiques, book reviews, and articles that were published in countless newspapers, magazines and journals nationally and internationally. Addison passed away on October 3, 1991, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Lou Ethel Roliston.
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