Broadus Nathaniel Butler, 75, an alumnus of the Tuskegee Airmen fighter-pilot unit in World War II and longtime educator, died Tuesday at George Washington University Hospital after a brief illness. He lived in Silver Spring.
A native of Mobile, Ala., his career as an educator spanned 40 years and included stints as a college administrator, a high-level official in federal education agencies and a researcher.
After graduating from Talladega College in 1941, he flew with the black 332nd Fighter Group in Italy during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen consisted of more than 900 blacks who trained at Alabama's Tuskegee Army Flying School and served before the armed forces were integrated in 1947.
After the war, he finished his doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Michigan and went on to become assistant to the U.S. commissioner of education. His university postings included Talladega College, Wayne State University, Texas Southern University and Dillard University.
In 1974, he was appointed director of the Office of Leadership Development in Higher Education for the American Council of Education. From 1977 to 1981, he was president of Robert R. Moton Research Institute in Virginia.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian; a son, Bruce Butler; and a daughter, Janet Reid.
He is to be buried Sunday in Mobile.
Marc Gregoire, 90, inventor of the nonstick frying pan, died Tuesday in the French Riviera town of Tourrette-sur-Loup, his family said. A passionate fisherman and research engineer, he stumbled on the process for making a pan that did not need butter or cooking oil while searching for a way to perfect his homemade fishing rods.