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Alternative Title: Ronald Wilson Reagan

Ronald Reagan, in full Ronald Wilson Reagan, (born February 6, 1911, Tampico, Illinois, U.S.—died June 5, 2004, Los Angeles, California), 40th president of the United States (1981–89), noted for his conservativeRepublicanism, his fervent anticommunism, and his appealing personal style, characterized by a jaunty affability and folksy charm. The only movie actor ever to become president, he had a remarkable skill as an orator that earned him the title “the Great Communicator.” His policies have been credited with contributing to the demise of Soviet communism.

When was Ronald Reagan born?

Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois.

When did Ronald Reagan die?

Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004, in Los Angeles, California.

Where did Ronald Reagan go to school?

Ronald Reagan attended Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, where he played gridiron football and was active in the drama society but earned only passing grades. A popular student, he was elected class president in his senior year.

What was Ronald Reagan best known for?

Ronald Reagan rose to prominence initially as a film actor, appearing in more than 50 films, notably including Knute Rockne—All American (1940), Kings Row (1942), and The Hasty Heart (1950). Reagan later served as governor of California from 1967 to 1975, before being elected the 40th president of the United States in 1980.

How did Ronald Reagan change the world?

Ronald Reagan is largely credited with the demise of Sovietcommunism during the 1980s. As president, he worked to reduce the threat of war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., to convince Soviet leaders that cooperation with the U.S. would serve Soviet interests, and to encourage openness and democracy in the U.S.S.R.

Was Ronald Reagan a good president?

An assessment of Ronald Reagan’s legacy as U.S. president should take into account his administration’s domestic policies and its record in foreign affairs, including the Iran-Contra Affair. Brief summaries of Reagan’s accomplishments are available at ProCon.org.

Early life and acting career

Ronald Reagan was the second child of John Edward (“Jack”) Reagan, a struggling shoe salesman, and Nelle Wilson Reagan. Reagan’s nickname, “Dutch,” derived from his father’s habit of referring to his infant son as his “fat little Dutchman.” After several years of moving from town to town—made necessary in part because of Jack Reagan’s alcoholism, which made it difficult for him to hold a job—the family settled in Dixon, Illinois, in 1920. Despite their near poverty and his father’s drinking problem, Reagan later recalled his childhood in Dixon as the happiest period of his life. At Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, Reagan played gridiron football and was active in the drama society but earned only passing grades. A popular student, he was elected class president in his senior year. Graduating in 1932 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology, he decided to enter radio broadcasting. He landed a job as a sportscaster at station WOC in Davenport, Iowa, by delivering entirely from memory an exciting play-by-play description of a Eureka College football game. Later he moved to station WHO in Des Moines, where, as sportscaster “Dutch Reagan,” he became popular throughout the state for his broadcasts of Chicago Cubs baseball games. Because the station could not afford to send him to Wrigley Field in Chicago, Reagan was forced to improvise a running account of the games based on sketchy details delivered over a teletype machine.

In 1937 Reagan followed the Cubs to their spring training camp in southern California, a trip he undertook partly in order to try his hand at movie acting. After a successful screen test at Warner Brothers, he was soon typecast in a series of mostly B movies as a sincere, wholesome, easygoing “good guy.” (As many observers have noted, the characters that Reagan portrayed in the movies were remarkably like Reagan himself.) During the next 27 years, he appeared in more than 50 films, notably including Knute Rockne—All American (1940), Kings Row (1942), and The Hasty Heart (1950). In 1938, while filming Brother Rat, Reagan became engaged to his costar Jane Wyman, and the couple married in Hollywood two years later. They had a daughter, Maureen, in 1941 and adopted a son, Michael, a few days after his birth in 1945. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1948. Reagan was the first president to have been divorced.

Commissioned a cavalry officer at the outbreak of World War II, Reagan was assigned to an army film unit based in Los Angeles, where he spent the rest of the war making training films. Although he never left the country and never saw combat, he and Wyman cooperated with the efforts of Warner Brothers to portray him as a real soldier to the public, and in newsreels and magazine photos he acted out scenes of “going off to war” and “coming home on leave.” After leaving Hollywood, Reagan became known for occasionally telling stories about his past—including stories about his happiness at “coming back from the war”—that were actually based on fictional episodes in movies. Some of Reagan’s detractors pointed to such lapses to suggest that he lacked a basic interest in the truth and that he had trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy.

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Reagan had absorbed the liberal Democratic opinions of his father and became a great admirer of Franklin Roosevelt after his election in 1932. Reagan’s father eventually found work as an administrator in a New Deal office established in the Dixon area, a fact that Reagan continued to appreciate even after his political opinion of Roosevelt had dramatically changed.

From 1947 to 1952 Reagan served as president of the union of movie actors, the Screen Actors Guild. He fought against communist infiltration in the guild, crossing picket lines to break the sometimes violent strikes. (Such violence and chaos were abhorrent to Reagan, and, when police and students clashed in Berkeley in May 1969, Reagan, as governor of California, called out the National Guard to restore order.) Much to the disgust of union members, he testified as a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee and cooperated in the blacklisting of actors, directors, and writers suspected of leftist sympathies. Although Reagan was still a Democrat at the time (he campaigned for Harry Truman in the presidential election of 1948), his political opinions were gradually growing more conservative. After initially supporting Democratic senatorial candidate Helen Douglas in 1950, he switched his allegiance to Republican Richard Nixon midway through the campaign. He supported Republican Dwight Eisenhower in the presidential elections of 1952 and 1956, and in 1960 he delivered 200 speeches in support of Nixon’s campaign for president against Democrat John F. Kennedy. He officially changed his party affiliation to Republican in 1962.

Reagan met Nancy Davis (Nancy Reagan), a relatively unknown actress, at a dinner party in 1949, and the two were married in a simple ceremony in 1952, at which actor William Holden was best man. The Reagans appeared together in the war movie Hell Cats of the Navy in 1957. Nancy Reagan’s conservative political views encouraged her husband’s drift to the right.

After his acting career began to decline in the 1950s, Reagan became the host of a television drama series, General Electric Theater, as well as spokesman for the General Electric Company. In the latter capacity he toured GE plants around the country, delivering inspirational speeches with a generally conservative, pro-business message. Eventually, however, his speeches became too controversial for the company’s taste, and he was fired as both spokesman and television host in 1962.

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  • The second time he was elected president Reagan won 525 of the 538 electoral votes, which is the largest number ever won by a candidate.
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  • Ronald Reagan gave his first policy speech regarding AIDS in 1987 after the death of a friend from HIV/AIDS, about 7 years and 20,000 deaths into the AIDS crisis.

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Dr. Reagan Flowers has been at the forefront of all matters related to STEM education, leadership, entrepreneurship, community advocacy, and professional motivation throughout her career. Her monumental path tells a marvelous story of determination and a will to fight for the un-empowered. Her incredible talents were demonstrated at a young age, as she overcame failing third grade, and through the encouragement of her teachers was able to complete high school early, and went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college (Texas Southern University). Her passion for STEM education was born while working as a science teacher at Jack Yates High School.

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Thanks to a grant provided by NASA, her students were able to build a one-of-a-kind robot, to compete in the school’s first-ever robotics competition. The success of her students and her recognition of the importance of mathematics and science motivated her to create more positive changes at the local level, and she made it her mission to ensure that each child had access to enriched STEM education programming. She has the unwavering support of her loving husband and finds delight in watching others enjoy a meal she has prepared, listening to great music, and traveling the world.

Her STEM exploits evolved into helping support organizations, businesses, teachers, and other professionals in impacting change through the power of education. She has motivated thousands through her inspirational speaking engagements, her business ventures, and community advocacy. Today, she works diligently as CEO of C-STEM, whose headquarters is proudly located in historic Third Ward, TX, and continues to make certain that underrepresented students get the opportunities necessary to have better professional and personal outcomes. Every chapter of her journey has prepared her for this role as HISD Trustee, one which your support will be critical in helping her achieve. She is committed to helping move HISD forward, for our children and our community, and she recognizes that Change Begins With Us.

Making a Difference...

We all need inspiration from time to time. Dr. Reagan Flowers has the professional and personal experience to help a variety of entities in times of need. She has been able to assist educators, as well as other professionals, while also assisting and mentoring students in vulnerable situations.

Dr. Flowers makes a clear distinction between telling someone they can overcome a problem or a difficult circumstance, and creating a lasting impact that will inspire the receiver of the message to create lasting positive changes. For more details, and to learn more about Dr. Reagan’s inspirational speaking engagements visit: https://www.drreaganflowers.com/

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Dr. Flowers is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in education. She has raised millions of dollars towards efforts to close achievement gaps that disadvantaged students face in underfunded schools and undeveloped communities. As chief knowledge officer of Education Consulting Services, she works tirelessly to provide businesses, organizations, and academic institutions with the resources to implement effective strategies that will help resolve issues associated with barriers in education.

Ultimately, her mission with ECS is to strengthen the workforce of today and tomorrow by influencing the next generation of STEM professionals and utilizing their skills to strengthen our society’s economic influence among other competitive societies throughout the world. Learn More...

Giving Back to the Community

Through Dr. Flowers’ STEM driven initiatives, public speaking, and similar engagements, she continues to make certain that communities are strengthened to their highest degree. Perhaps one of her most notable ways in which she fortifies communities is through C-STEM.

C-STEM is a nonprofit organization she founded in 2002. The mission of C-STEM is to ignite the light within students to help them obtain a passion for communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Over the years, her organization has provided immeasurable support for tens of thousands of teachers, students, organizations, and parents around the country. Learn more about what C-STEM is doing in our community here.

Change Begins with Us: Our Platform

Our nation's youth have so much to offer, and we need to ensure that our communities and public schools are best meeting their needs. We need to move our communities and public schools Forward together. Dr. Flowers’ plan is comprised of various factors that collectively contribute towards the success that a child accomplishes in the classroom. All factors must be fulfilled to help strengthen public schools and ensure a positive transition from the community to classroom to college and career. If everyday individuals, community leaders, organizations, and businesses work in unison, we can close the gaps in education that have been affecting the most underserved members' communities in Houston for decades.

Take a look below to see what Dr. Flowers believes will help lead to a powerful transformation in our communities and public education.

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It is our belief that a school district should always have children and their families as their most essential priority. Our children should remain at the forefront of all significant decisions that are made at the board table.

Collaboration is necessary to ensure that the mission of providing the best educational opportunities to students can be met. To help with this important cause, we must have the assistance of local governmental agencies, community organizations, as well as business entities to help bolster our schools from an organizational, financial and human capital standpoint.

Having organizations partner and engage with school districts is necessary. Unfortunately, many schools do not have the access, tools, or resources to fulfill education responsibilities that are necessary for student success. Such organizations can provide technology, knowledge, and other assets that will close the gaps for students, parents, and teachers.

A curriculum utilized district wide should always be improved and modified to meet the changing needs of students and our society’s institutions. Such institutions include the higher education sector and public/private industry. Additionally, an effective curriculum should include STEM initiatives that will further enrich the educational experience of students.

An educator profoundly affects the life of a child. He or she has the power to influence a student in various ways. To ensure that teachers work effectively to influence the education of students positively, we must strengthen our school districts by providing educators with the necessary resources to be effective classroom leaders. Most importantly, educators should have the full support of their respective school administration and the school board

A community has the right to obtain all necessary information regarding activities performed by a school board. The community elects these leaders in important positions of trust. Therefore, transparency should be a priority, and school boards should govern themselves accordingly.

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Dr. Reagan Flowers will do all that it takes to ensure accountability and transparency are present at all times. She will work tirelessly to foster a lasting change that will help elevate students and assist their families overcome barriers to a quality education. Join her and help uplift the voices of students, parents, teachers and Our Community. You can support Dr. Flowers through a monetary donation, volunteering, and/or hosting community meetings on her behalf.