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Harvey Alexander, Tuskegee Airman, Dies In Greensboro

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  • Harvey Alexander, Tuskegee Airman, appears in an interview with WFMY News 2 on Jan. 24, 2012.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A former member of the Tuskegee Airmen died in Greensboro early Friday morning.

The granddaughter of 92-year-old Harvey Alexander said in a statement he died around 12:30 a.m. at Moses Cone Hospital.

His funeral is scheduled for noon Wednesday at St. James Presbyterian Church and he will be buried at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro. 

Alexander taught at several North Carolina universities - including North Carolina A&T State University - after he was honorably discharged.

Archive: WFMY News 2 Interview With Harvey Alexander

Alexander's family issued the following statement:

Harvey Alexander was born April 13, 1921 in Georgetown, IL, the second of nine children, to Mattie Belle Kaiser Alexander and Halbert Jehrue Alexander.  
Alexander was the Salutatorian of his Georgetown, IL High School Class of 1939, a member of the National Honor Society, and the recipient of the Bausch Lomb Science Award. He attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN; the University of Southern Illinois, College of Commerce in Champagne-Urbana, IL (BS degree, 1947); Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (MS degree in Accounting, 1950) and did further study at New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Public Service on February 23, 2006, by Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL.  
He served in the United States Army from 1942 through 1945, spending five months in the Infantry, where he attained the rank of Corporal prior to transfer to the Army Air Corps at Tuskegee, AL. He graduated from the Tuskegee Army Air Corps Pilot Training Program on April 15, 1944, receiving his Wings and Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Assigned to the 617th Squadron, 477th Bombardment Group Medium, in the United States Theater of Operations, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in October 1944. He was honorably discharged October 21, 1945 and served in the United States Air Force Reserve, from which he retired with the rank of Captain in 1960.
His professional career included teaching college level accounting: two years at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and over seven years at North Carolina A&T College; the next 21 years as Chief Business Financial Officer at several institutions of higher education, including Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, A&T College (now NCA&TSU); Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC; Pratt Institute in New York City, Washington Technical Institute in Washington, DC; and Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. He operated his own full service food vending company in Nashville until retiring in 1986. He and his wife, Esther Alexander returned to Greensboro in retirement, where he built their final home.
He held memberships in the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Washington, DC, the North Carolina Aviation Museum at Asheboro, NC, and life memberships in the Reserve Officers Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was a contributor of artifacts and memorabilia to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC.  He was a long-time member, Elder, treasurer, and former Sunday School Superintendent of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC.
Harvey Alexander is survived by his beloved wife of more than 69 years, Esther Beatty Alexander; his daughters Robin Cheryl Alexander of Washington, DC and Karen Marie Alexander of Greensboro, NC; three grandchildren:  Tanya Camille Smith (Roman) of Clinton, MD, Rodney Harvey Turner (Naomi) of Springfield, VA, and Esther Marie Turner (Thomas Steinfeldt) of Norfolk, VA; four great-grandchildren:  Aundrea Nicole Turner, Mia Jordan Turner, Xavier Alexander Smith, and Zuri Alexander Smith; two sisters-in-law: Bobbye Alexander of Los Angeles, CA and Hazel Alexander of Detroit, MI; numerous nephews and nieces; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

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