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Frederick I. Scott, Jr., Johns Hopkins University's first African-American undergraduate, dies at 89

Frederick I. Scott, Jr., Johns Hopkins University's first African-American undergraduate, dies at 89

Frederick I. Scott Jr., the Johns Hopkins University’s first African-American undergraduate, who went into a successful career as an engineer and editor, died July 15 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from an infection.

The Mount Vernon resident was 89.

It began as a dare from several high school friends — Mr. Scott went to a pay phone and called the registrar’s office at Hopkins to apply for undergraduate admission. He had already been accepted at Pennsylvania State University and had planned to study there.

It was “on a lark. It was very lighthearted,” Mr. Scott told Nabiha Syed, who interviewed him in 2004 as part of a project called African-Americans...

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