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Bradley remembering nation's first African-American astronaut

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Bradley University will honor an alumnus who was killed while serving as the nation's first African-American astronaut.

Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. died while training another pilot in a Lockheed F-104 jet at Edwards Air Force Base in 1967. Lawrence was a 1956 chemistry graduate of Bradley University. He was part of the Manned Orbital Laboratory program. 

Bradley's Lawrence Lecture is set for 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Lawrence Lecture Hall (Olin Room 164). Dr. Herman B. White, a particle physicist from Fermilab, will present this year's lecture. 

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