1990 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: MULTIPLE SPORTS
Parent: Mattie Crossley
Sons: Art Junior, Jerome, Kent Lamar
Arthur, a Flint high school star participated in three sports (basketball, football, track) at Central High School, and two sports (football, track) at M.S.U.
While at Central, in 1947, he was on the City and Valley Basketball Championship Teams. Also in 1947, Arthur was on the City, Valley and State Football Championship Teams. He was an All-Valley End and Honorable Mention All-State in football.
At Central in 1947, Arthur was voted the Most Outstanding track man in the state. He won the 100 yard dash and tied the state 220 yard dash record, set in 1924 (21.7 seconds). He was the indoor 60 yard dash state champion for the years 1946, 47, 48. He held the Saginaw non-grad record in the 100 yard dash (10.3) and the 220 yard dash (23.6) in 1947. Also in 1947, at the Saginaw High meet, he set a record of 10.2 in the 100 yard dash, and was the Valley 100 and 220 yard dash champion in 1947 and 1948.
While at M.S.U. he was the 1950-54 indoor 60 yard dash champion. He finished second at the 1950 Big Ten NCAA Meet.
After his college career, Art lived and worked in Chicago. He began a career in Computer Science at IBM in Chicago as a branch manager trainee. He moved to Southern California in 1964 as an Aerospace Industry Programmer and advanced to manager. In 1973 Arthur was accepted as a candidate for a Ph.D. at Claremont College, and in 1983 he taught business at California State College.
At present, Arthur is a Computer Science Instructor at Los Angeles College, District of Los Angeles, California.
Arthur’s twin brother Oscar, is also being inducted into the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame (Posthumously).