Tuskegee Airmen

Alonzo P. Hairston, lawyer

Alonzo P. Hairston, lawyer

Alonzo P. Hairston, a retired Baltimore lawyer who was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, died Jan. 30 of a blood clot at ManorCare Health Services in Overland, Kan. The former Original Northwood resident was 94.

The son of the Rev. Robert F. Hairston Sr., founder and pastor of Refuge Baptist Church, and Arizona Clayton Hairston, a homemaker, Alonzo Paul Hairston was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.

After graduating in 1938 from East High, he attended Bluefield State College in West Virginia on a boxing scholarship, and later West Virginia State University.

When World War II broke out, Mr. Hairston was recruited and sent to Tuskegee Institute in...