Dr. Granville Coggs, surviving Tuskegee Airman, retired San Antonio physician, and District 8 resident, was honored by Councilman Ron Nirenberg at Thursday’s city council meeting.
“Dr. Granville Coggs is an American hero and a San Antonio treasure,” said Councilman Nirenberg. “His life, like his fellow airmen, has been defined by a resilience and dedication to service that we all find inspiring. That spirit defines so many here in our city, and it’s a privilege to host him in council chambers.”
Dr. Coggs entered the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and joined the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American aviators in the United States armed forces.
After the war, Dr. Coggs received degrees from the University of Nebraska and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Coggs served as a Professor of Radiology at the University Health Science Center-San Antonio, a staff physician at the Bexar County Hospital District, and as Chief of Radiology at San Antonio’s Audie Murphy VA Hospital.
After his retirement, Dr. Coggs began running competitively. He ultimately won three gold medals at the Texas Senior Games.
At the conclusion of his comments, Dr. Coggs recited Invictus, the 19th century British poem about resilience and dignity.