Professor Spratlen on minority history + legacy

UW Professor Emeritus of Marketing Thaddeus Spratlen, founding faculty director of the Consulting and Business Development Center (formerly the Business & Economic Development Center), discusses segregation in higher education during the 1960s, how he became one of the first African American professors to teach and publish at a mainstream (non-historically black) US university—and how the UW Foster School of Business BEDC all began.

Professor Spratlen and his wife Professor Lois Price Spratlen have given $1 million to the UW and the Consulting and Business Development Center over their lifetime, ensuring the center will continue for generations to come as one of only a few centers at top public business schools in the country devoted to minority business economic development.

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  • Lorrie Austin (Pattison)

    Hi,
    You may not remember me, but my Sister Annetta Pattison watched your children while you lived in Bellingham, Washington. I would go with her some days and would play with your children. Later when I was in my early teens I helped watch the kids next door during one summer and remember playing with Townsend and Thaddeus. I hope this finds you well.

  • Patricia Spratlen Etem

    Dear Lorrie, thank you for the Bellingham reach out!
    Dear Dad, fantastic legacy you have had at the University of Washington; I look forward to segments of this video clip becoming a permanent clip in Foster BEDP / Business Consulting Center video promotions and to having your legacy throughout Seattle and University of Washington visible for generations in meaningful ways that generate discourse, growth and development.
    Much Love
    Patricia Spratlen Etem