August 1, 2014

Samuel M. Nabrit

Samuel M. Nabrit, a former president of Texas Southern University, died December 30, 2003 in Atlanta. He was 98. Dr. Nabrit graduated from Morehouse College in 1925 and received his doctoral degree in biology from Brown University in 1932. He was Brown’s first black Ph.D. recipient and later became their first black trustee. Upon completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Nabrit taught at Morehouse and later taught at Atlanta University where he was also the dean of the graduate school of arts and sciences.

An accomplished biologist, Dr. Nabrit conducted research at the Marine Biological Laboratory from 1927 to 1932. His findings about the size and growth rate of fish tail fins in regeneration were widely
published in scientific journals. In 1947 he became the second black scientist to earn membership in the MBL Corporation. Dr. Nabrit was a member of Dwight Eisenhower’s National Science Board and was appointed as the first black to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.

Dr. Nabrit is survived by a sister, Cecelia Nabrit Adkins of Nashville. He was married to Constance Crocker, who died before him. They had no children.