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Granville Coggs was a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps and was one of the Original Tuskegee Airmen.
He left the Tuskegee Institute to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in science. He subsequently applied to Harvard Medical School and was the only African American in his freshman class there. The GI bill granted him $500 toward the cost of Harvard Medical School, and the school provided him a scholarship for $330, or the remainder of the tuition. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in June 1953 with a doctorate in medicine. Coggs was also suitemates for a time with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Boston, Massachusetts, area.
Coggs met Maud Currie in college, and they married on August 20, 1946, in Arkansas. The two had a son, Granville Currie, and two daughters, Anita and Carolyn. Coggs became a physician and, in 1959, became the first black staff physician at the Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. In 1972, he became the first African American to lead the Ultrasound Radiology Division at the University of California at San Francisco. Coggs retired in San Antonio, Texas, as a radiologist and breast cancer specialist.
Granville Coleridge Coggs (1925–2019)
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