Stewart Fulbright graduated from Lincoln High School in Springfield in 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and trained in Tuskegee, Ala. The African-American pilots trained there, overcame segregation and adversity, and played crucial roles during World War II. Fulbright was among the Tuskegee Airmen present in 2007 in Washington, D.C., when they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Among his other accomplishments, Fulbright was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the advisory committee for the Commodity Credit Corporation and was named professor emeritus by North Carolina Central University.
Always committed to education and learning, Fulbright earned three academic degrees: a BA in French from Lincoln University, an MBA from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in business administration from Ohio State. He spent the majority of his professional career as a member of the faculty and later, the first dean of the School of Business at NCCU, retiring in 1982.
Dr. Fulbright was inducted into Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2012.
He passed away in 2012 at the age of 92.
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