Roscoe Brown, former Tuskegee Airman and NYC educator, has died at 94

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THE BRONX –National war hero and New York City educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. has died. He was 94.

Brown had been hospitalized for about a week until he died of natural causes over the weekend, his family confirmed to PIX11.

He served as a Tuskgee Airman during World War II and was one of the first U.S. pilots to shoot down a then state-of-the-art German military jet. Brown received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Brown went on to have a distinguished academic career,  earning his PhD and eventually becoming president of Bronx Community College – a position he held for 17 years.