Reginald Brewster was a lawyer who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, the legendary group of black pilots and support staff.
- Died: October 26, 2020 (Who else died on October 26?)
- Details of death: Died peacefully at the age of 103.
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Serving his country despite discrimination
Brewster served in England and France during the war as the secretary to the base commander. He was keenly aware of discrimination at home in the U.S., seeing segregation and scorn in his daily life. He noted that he was treated much better abroad than he was at home, telling Spectrum News in a 2017 interview, “I had two families who wanted to adopt me.” After the war, Brewster knew that education would be important for his success, so he attended Fordham College and then received his law degree from Fordham Law. He practiced civil law until his retirement at age 90.
“I don’t think the contributions that blacks have made should be minimized. It’s not the height that we attained, but it’s the depth from which we came.” —from a 2018 interview with Fordham Law News
Tributes to Reginald Brewster
Full obituary: Spectrum News