As a graduate student, Kyle (1905–1971) led the effort to integrate the deceptively named “International House,” which was designated to house only African American men and where he was assigned to live. He led a successful campaign to stop segregated housing. Kyle came to the University with both an undergraduate and master’s degree in 1942, seeking his PhD in mathematics. Having already traveled to 43 states, Kyle was astonished at the segregationist practices of the University administration. After leaving to serve as a civil servant in the Navy during WWII, Kyle returned to Minnesota and graduated in 1948. He went on to a long career as a Professor of Mathematics and as Dean of the Mathematics and Physics Department of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically Black university (formerly Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College). Today, the Kountz-Kyle Science Hall stands on the campus in his honor.
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