John Q. Taylor King Sr., the longest-serving president of what is now Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, died earlier this month. He was 89 years old.
A native of Memphis, King earned bachelor’s degrees at Fisk University and Huston-Tillotson. He held a master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago and a Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics from the University of Texas.
Dr. King served in World War II and remained in the Army Reserves and the Texas National Guard until 1983. He retired as a major general.
Dr. King joined the faculty at Huston-Tillotson in 1947 and was named president in 1965. He served in that role for 23 years.