- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2007

HenryBohler, 82, Tuskegee Airman

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, a former Tuskegee Airman who went on to battle racial barriers in postwar Florida, died Aug. 10, two years after suffering brain injuries in a fall. He was 82.

Born in Augusta, Ga., Mr. Bohler dreamed of flying and joined the Army Air Forces at age 17. He learned to fly the P-51 Mustang at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama with the elite unit of black airmen.

He wanted to fight in World War II, but by the time he earned his wings in 1944, the military didn’t need more pilots. He served until 1947, then went on to college at Hampton University in Virginia.

Mr. Bohler moved to Tampa and went on to become the first licensed black electrician in the city and opened a successful business.

Told he couldn’t take his children to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo because his family was black, he sued the city. That resulted in a 1962 federal order to desegregate Tampa’s parks and recreational facilities, the Tampa Tribune reported.

Until he became ill, Mr. Bohler never missed the annual reunions of the Tuskegee Airmen. He would fly his own Piper Archer to the events, held in cities throughout the country. In later years, Mr. Bohler and other area Tuskegee Airmen spoke at Tampa-area schools.

Herb Pomeroy, 77, jazz trumpeter

BOSTON (AP) — Jazz trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, who played with Charlie Parker, backed up Frank Sinatra, and influenced generations of musicians in four decades as a teacher at Berklee College of Music and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Aug. 11 at his Gloucester home after a long struggle with cancer. He was 77.

Mr. Pomeroy played at times with Mr. Parker, Charlie Mariano, Stan Kenton, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and others. In addition to Mr. Sinatra, he backed Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn.

Mr. Pomeroy taught like he played jazz — by improvising, with no notes, no syllabus, no text books, said Larry Monroe, a former student who is now Berklee’s vice president for international programs.

Above all else, however, Mr. Pomeroy was a family man, said his daughter, Perry Pomeroy. He fashioned his career so he could always put family first, she said.

Mr. Pomeroy was also an unwavering fan of amateur sports, particularly the Gloucester High School football team, and the local Inter-Town Baseball League.

Irving Herbert Pomeroy III was born and raised in Gloucester and began playing music as a teenager. He spent a year at Harvard before leaving to become a full-time musician.



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