Oral history interview with Ray Marshall, 2000.
United States Secretary of Labor
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Background: born Oak Grove, Louisiana, son of tenant farmer, lived in orphanage, joined Navy at age 15, Navy service, WWII; education: Hinds Community College, Millsaps College, B.A. Economics (1949), Louisiana State Univeristy, M.A. (1950), University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. Economics (1954); professional experience: instructor, Louisiana State University 1950-1951, Fulbright research professor 1955-1956, professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Jimmy Carter 1977-1981, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, University of Texas; Carnegie Corporation activities: former Trustee, member of the Carnegie Forum's Advisory Council, chair of Committee on South Africa, chair of Action Council on Minority Affairs; economic research interest in Scandinavia; staff leadership: Alan Pifer, David Hamburg; union and management practices, cooperation between unequal parties, decentralization of economy, standardization of educational system with the New Standards Project, America's Choice School Assessment, Dr. James P. Comer and the Comer Schools; work at Board's Finance and Administration Committee, Quality of Education for Minorities Project.