Cyril O. Byron Sr., who was one of World War II's famed Tuskegee Airmen and became a college educator and coach, died Oct. 20 of respiratory failure at a son's home in Fort Washington. The former Randallstown resident was 95.
Cyril Osbourne Byron Sr. was the son of immigrant parents from Jamaica. His father was Cyril Byron, a chef and caterer, and his mother was Blanche Byron, also a caterer.
He was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. He graduated in 1939 from Morris High School, where he was a multisport athlete, lettering in basketball, baseball and track and field.
Dr. Byron enrolled at what was then Morgan State College. He played basketball, ran track and...