Education: Professor on Leave

Despite his other achievements, the U.N.'s Ralph J. (for Johnson) Bunche, Palestine mediator and 1950 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, likes to list his profession as "educator." At 46, Schoolman Bunche, grandson of a slave, has spent more than half his life on college and university campuses. A graduate of the University of California in 1927 (where he was a crack basketballer), he took his Ph.D. at Harvard. Later, he studied anthropology at Northwestern, The London School of Economics, and Capetown University, finally became professor of government at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Teacher Bunche used no histrionics, lectured quietly from his chair....

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