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Fitzroy Newsum

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94, of Denver, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013, surrounded by his family. Col. Newsum trained as an Army Air Corps pilot in Tuskegee, AL in 1943, was a member of the African American pilots famously known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and was a founding member of the local Hubert L. "Hooks" Jones chapter of the national Tuskegee Airmen. In 1989 he received the Brigadier General Noel F. Parish Award for outstanding achievement on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in 2007. Following his retirement, he pursued a second career in public relations at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Denver. Col. Newsum earned an undergraduate degree from the College of Military Science at the University of Maryland, and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is survived by Joan Carney Newsum, his wife of 63 years; four children, Brian, Dani (Ron Schlenberg), Eric (Darnell), and Gail; four grandchildren, Nicholas and McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg, and Taylor and Savannah Newsum. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Marissa Newsum-Schoenberg. Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter St. Full military honors will be conducted at Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 83395, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Published in Denver Post on Jan. 9, 2013
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