“Bridging the Gap”
University of Cincinnati alumnus, Claude L. Dallas, Jr., grew up on the outskirts of Cincinnati in the village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio. He had little knowledge of his family history, and dealt with the struggles of growing up as a minority in a small Midwest town. Focusing his efforts on poetry and the study of biology during his adolescence led Claude to a desire to inspire others.
“A Legacy in Poems, Bridging the Gap” is the result of Claude’s ambitious path to success. Claude aimed to take readers through the journey of his life. Starting with his family history and ending with educational pieces, Claude’s book teaches people of all backgrounds important lessons about family, education, careers and more. It includes poems with titles such as, ”Dreams Do Come True”, “I’m Not Your Father, But I Love You”, “Politically Correct Menu Items”, and “If Your Tomorrow Begins Without Me”.
Driven to Succeed
From an early age, Claude was determined to attend a prestigious university, learn as much as he could every day and share his experiences with his family.
“I’ve always been driven by the desire to give my descendants knowledge that I didn’t have as a child,” said Dallas. “I wanted them to know and understand their family history and the journey their ancestors took toward success.”
After graduating from high school, Claude moved on to experience and learn as much as he could. He aimed to make his family proud and inspire young adults everywhere that no matter what obstacles they may face, they can meet their goals with hard work and determination.
After accomplishing his first big goal – obtaining an undergraduate degree in pre-medicine at The Ohio State University, Claude decided to continue his education at the University of Cincinnati. He earned a master’s of science in cellular biology.
“The graduate program in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati let me experience a supportive education in a nurturing environment,” Claude said. “The small setting and faculty encouraged my success in many different ways.”
Claude credits his graduate studies at UC with preparing him for careers at companies such as Pfizer, Inc., Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing and more. In addition to his professional achievements, his desire for establishing a legacy for his family was cemented with the birth of the first child by both he and his wife, Sheilah. Claude’s first child was born just a few days after his graduation from the University of Cincinnati.