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An Interview With Antonio Sandoval
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TitleAn Interview With Antonio Sandoval
AbstractInterviewer: Irene Ruiz. Date of interview unknown. 1 sound cassette (ca. 90 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesAt the time of the interview, Dr. Sandoval was a chemistry professor at UMKC. He was born July 19, 1931, in New Mexico. In the interview he discusses his early life, education, job opportunities, minority involvement, etc.

Number 52 on MP3 disc.
LocationSC69-1, Tape 57, CD 57
Local SubjectHispanic Americans
Sandoval, Antonio
Oral History
University of Missouri--Kansas City
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSnyopsis of Interview:

Dr. Sandoval, a chemistry professor at UMKC, was born July 19, 1931, in Sapeollo, New Mexico, the third oldest of 12 children born to Jose Eusebio Sandoval and wife Amanda. Of the 9 surviving siblings, most have entered professional fields. Parents owned a 200-acre farm with lumber and cattle until Sandoval was 13.

Family moved to Colorado where children were able to attend high school. Attended a 1-room school for 1st and 2nd grade, then a 4-room school. Entered 7th grade in Brighton, Colorado, outside Denver. Sapeo almost all Mexican-American, mostly subsistance farming. Men in community occasionally left to work on railroads or in mines. Total family income in 1943 was $400.

Spanish spoken at home. English used only in the classrooms. Family attended Catholic Church where he was an altar boy. Entire congregation spoke Spanish. Family worked as farm laborers in Colorado. Children missed school, helped during harvest season.

High school jobs, activities. Graduated 18 out of 100 in class. Only one to receive PHD. At the time, 50% of elementary students in Brighton were Mexican-American, yet only 7 graduated with Sandoval. Attended Regis, a Jesuit-run college, to please his mother. Mother wanted him to be a priest. Worked his way through college, chemistry major. Mother had received 8th grade education, father 5th grade.

Enlisted in Army in 1954 after college graduation. Assigned to work at several nuclear test sites in Nevada. Discharged in 1956, attended University of Northern Colorado for 3 months. Hired by Reynolds Electric and Engineering doing much the same work as when he was in the Army. Accepted at Kansas State, where he remained 5 years and received PHD. Hired by UMKC in 1962 and has remained.

Wife was a fellow PHD student in Microbiology at Kansas State. Originally from Arkansas. 3 children. Wife has taught part-time at several area colleges. Has published 18 papers, enjoys teaching. Active with UMAS (United Mexican-American Students), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Wrote a proposal for the National Science Foundation for a program to encourage minorities to enter the sciences by providing extra help.

Sandoval's main source of encouragement was his parents. Recallls his father making the boys work extra long and hard on the farm, and then asking them if that was how they wanted to spend the rest of their lives. Wants to see the university become more responsive to community needs. Strong interest in family life. Has helped run Marriage Encounter for 5 years. Church deacon. Hopes to build more excitement among youths for the sciences.
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Item ID210416
CONTENTdm number36375
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