RIP: Col. Fitzroy Newsum (USAF, ret.)

Posted Jan 11, 2013

1-11_Buck[Denver] Colonel Fitzroy Newsum died January 5, 2013. Newsum was a member of the cadre of African American pilots now famously known as the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1989, Col. Newsum received the Brigadier General Noel F. Parish Award for outstanding achievement on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and along with other surviving Tuskegee Airmen, Newsum was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in Washington D.C. in 2007.

Newsum served with distinction in WWII and Korea, as a pilot and squadron operations officer. After a full career in the Air Force, he devoted his talents and witness to the Denver community and to St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Newsum, born in New York City in 1918, 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 his wife of more than 63 years, Joan Carney Newsum; four children: Brian, Dani, Eric, and Gail; and four grandchildren: Nicholas and McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg, and Taylor and Savannah Newsum.


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Comments (5)

  1. Baba diop says:

    Rest in peace , the whole sky is feeling lonely because you have gone………..

  2. Mike Kaplan says:

    Had the pleasure of taking photos of Col. Newsum and all the local Tuskegee Airmen many times here at the U.S. Air Force Academy.. He was always my favorite. RIP Sir.

  3. Patricia Cote says:

    Thank-you so much for your service. Give Jesus a big hug for me.

  4. Barbara Hueser Helmick says:

    I had the good fortune to work in the same department with Buck at Martin Marietta in the early 70’s. What a fantastic man; he always had a great smile for everyone even the secretary (me). Every time I saw or heard anything about the Tuskegee Airmen I thought of him. We have lost a great man as so many people acknowledge. God bless his wonderful family at this difficult time.

  5. Billy Hebert says:

    What a great person to be around I will always remember the time I spent with Col. Newsum @ the Museum of Flight in Seattle. He and I became close in such a shot time God Bless Him and all of his family.

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