Coleman, James S.
- Ann T. Keene
Coleman, James S. (12 May 1926–25 March 1995), sociologist and educator, was born James Samuel Coleman in Bedford, Indiana, the son of James Fox Coleman, a factory foreman, and Maurine Lappin Coleman. He spent his early childhood in Bedford, then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, with his family and attended Manual High School, where he was a member of the football and track teams. After graduating in 1944 he enrolled briefly at a small, nonaccredited college in rural Virginia but left to enlist in the U.S. Navy that same year and served in the Atlantic during the remaining months of World War II. Discharged in 1946, he enrolled at Indiana University, then transferred to Purdue University, earning a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1949....