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Aaron C. Dutton, Marine, engineer & magician
Aaron C. Dutton, Marine, engineer & magician

Aaron C. Dutton, who walked away from a scholarship at Morehouse University to join the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, died from stroke complications on Aug. 25. The 40-year Baltimore resident was 74. Born Aaron Coleman Dutton in September 1939 and raised in New Orleans, he was the oldest of four children to Aaron Dutton, a teacher at Dillard University, and Annabelle, a principal at Gilbert Academy. In 1954 at the age of 15, Dutton won a statewide physics contest and then received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to Morehouse College. Two years later, Dutton sought his parents' permission to join the Marines and escape the racial segregation gripping Georgia. ...

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