SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Anna Burrell


Interview with Dr. Anna Burrell


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Anna Porter was born in 1902 in Knoxville, TN. She graduated from a Normal School in Pennsylvania in 1921. In 1923, Anna Porter received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, she taught chemistry at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1926, Anna Porter was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Medical Science from University of Pennsylvania. She taught bacteriology at Howard University from 1926-28. In 1945, Miss. Porter enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Psychology and Human Relations at New York University.

In 1948, Anna Porter married Robert Burrell, who later was an attorney in the Buffalo District Attorney’s Office and City Court Judge. Also in 1948, Dr. Burrell came to Buffalo to teach at the State University College at Buffalo. She was the first African American faculty member to be hired by the college. In 1959, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Jabalpu University in India. Dr. Burrell was appointed director of the India Project at the State University College at Buffalo. She was also director of the college’s Human Relations Workshops. Dr. Anna Burrell retired in 1972. She passed away in 1981.


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