This individual became the first African-American student to graduate from medical school at UTMB—and in the state of Texas—in 1953. He continued his residency at UTMB in general surgery before leading a distinguished career as a surgeon and anesthesiologist in the Houston area. In 1968 he became the first black member of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and was named the first black president of the Houston Independent School District Board of Education in 1973. Prior to attending UTMB, this individual was a fighter pilot in World War II and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. He died in a plane crash in 1973 at the age of 47. Can you name this individual?
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