Austen Meek

Independent Historian

Austen Meek is a retired mathematics instructor pursuing his interests in mathematics, education, and history. He is currently volunteering in elementary schools to assist students in the more difficult core curriculum.  He also writes computer programs for students to combine action and visual experience to enrich lesson understanding.  He earned a BA in mathematics from San Jose State University and an MA in mathematics from Bowdoin College.  

After basic training and attending a Weather Observer School he spent four years in the U.S. Air Force flying reconnaissance aircraft. After his discharge from the Air Force he worked for six years for the General Electric Company in their Atomic Power Equipment Department as a nuclear engineer.  He later returned to school to obtain his teaching credential. Afterwards he taught math in Northern California and then at Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto, California, a racially segregated school approximately 90% black. He also served as Mathematics Department Chair at Ravenswood.  He then taught for 30 years at community colleges in the San Mateo Community College District where he worked to incorporate computers as learning tools

Austen speaks some Spanish and has enjoyed the cultural experience of traveling extensively in Mexico and South America.

John Edward West Thompson (1855-1918)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" John Edward West Thompson was an African American non-career diplomat. He served as U.S. Minister Resident/Consul General to Haiti from June 30, 1885 to October 17, 1889. Thompson simultaneously served as U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic) … Read MoreJohn Edward West Thompson (1855-1918)