Robert W. Williams,75, a decorated fighter pilot who...

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September 11, 1997

Robert W. Williams,75, a decorated fighter pilot who spearheaded a movie project about the first all-black American air squadron that became an award-winning HBO film, died Monday in Pasadena, Calif.

Mr. Williams spent 43 years pitching his story about "The Tuskegee Airmen." After being turned down by almost every major studio and television station, HBO finally accepted the project, which earned three Emmy Awards, a Peabody, a CableAce Award and two NAACP Image Awards.

Robert W. Hiatt,83, an educator, a diplomat and the University of Alaska's fifth president, died last weekend in Reno, Nev.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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