Importance of STEM


We're Celebrating the legacy of Lt. Col. Theodore (Ted) G. Lumpkin, Jr.'s

Give a gift in his honor of Lt. Col. Lumpkin's $100th birthday and help send a student to college

​All donations support student scholarships.

​​Biographical Information

Theodore (Ted) G. Lumpkin, Jr., was born in Los Angeles, California and attended Los Angeles area public schools including Jefferson High School located just minutes away from the USC University Park Campus.

He was a 21-year-old junior at UCLA when he was drafted into the military on July 1, 1942.  After receiving basic training and radar training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, he was selected for officer training at Miami Beach Air Force Candidate School, Florida in October 1942.

He graduated on January 20, 1943 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the US Army Air Force (USAF) and was assigned to the 100th fighter Squadron in Tuskegee, Alabama.  He served as an Air Intelligence Officer during his overseas combat tour to Italy in the Western Europe Theater from 1944 – 1945.  During WWII, he was a member of the 332nd Fighter Group which consisted of the 99th, 100th, 301st and 302 fighter Squadrons.

He returned stateside in November of 1945 until his honorable separation from active duty service in January of 1946 as a Captain. He completed his undergraduate training at USC and graduated in 1947.  He furthered his education by earning a Master’s degree from USC in 1953 and continued his military service with the inactive Air Force Reserves.

Mr. Lumpkin is a Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) and has over a decade of experience with Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) as a National Board Member, Western Regional Representative, and has served as Los Angeles Chapter President and financial member of the Chapter and TAI continually since 1974. He is active in the community and has been a Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) board member since 2007.  In 2014, he was elected to a 3- year term and has since resigned from the board to serve as a member of the official Advisory Board. Lumpkin continues to be a strong supporter of the foundation and an avid fundraiser.

In addition, to his military career, he was employed with the LA County Government for 32 years before retiring as Department Manager – Level Administrator.  After his retirement, he then started a new career in real estate.  He is a State of California licensed real estate broker, owns his own real estate company and is active with Realtor Professional Organizations.

He is married to Georgia and they are the proud parents of four (4) children, nine (9) grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Lumpkin retired from the Active Air Force Reserves in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1979.

Why Tuskegee Airmen think Education is so Critical

Denied so long of the right to become pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen capitalized on their education and training to become some of America's most recognized and decorated pilots serving in WWII. Known as the "Redtails," they seized the opportunity to prove to their detractors that excellence was not a matter of color, rather, a matter of commitment. Military personnel on the ground and in the air supported the Airmen including mechanics, nurses, navigators, bombardiers, and other who kept the planes in the air. They were all contributors in the "Tuskegee Airmen Experience."

Education remains the leading factor in moving people out of poverty and into the middle-class or above. The Foundation's focus on financially and academically deserving students is a critical effort to bring the most vulnerable students into competitive positions for high paying careers. However, there are professional fields where this populations is severely under-presented, particularly in the fields of aviation, aerospace, STEM. Balancing workplace opportunities means increasing the number of cultural minorities and under-resource individuals that enter these fields. To this end, the foundation, which was created by original Tuskegee Airmen, is fulfilling its mission by providing 40 or more scholarships each year.

How you can help

Lt. Col. Lumpkin, an Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) and former board member of TASF is asking his friends, family, and community to celebrate his 100th birthday by donating to the scholarship fund. Click on the donate button above, select 99th birthday celebration in the drop down box, and make a donation of $10, $100, $1,000 or more to celebrate this momentous occasion.  

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