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“Indeed a Great American who desires a lot more accolades than that which are presented.Forever Forward . ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Michael William Caesar - NYC, NY

“Indeed a Great American who desires a lot more accolades than that which is presented.Forever Forward . ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Caesar - NYC, NY

“Dear "Mom", The Tuskegee Airmen conventions won't be the same for me. Although you two missed the last couple, I still had hope to see you in the...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Hunter Nikolaus, Maj (ret) - NJ

“May your memories of a well lived life sustain you at this time. With Love Always, The A.F. Caesar family ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Katie Gibson - Sacramento, CA

“To the Caesar Family, I am sorry that I am just hearing about Richard's passing our prayers go out to you and Alberta. If we had known we...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Morine Ceasar Nelson - Sacramento, CA

“Dear loved ones of Richard (widow Jerre and beloved sister Alberta), I, too fondly remember my cousin (as a young practicing dentist in San...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia Gourdine - NY

“My deepest sympathy to Jerre, Jonathan, and family. Service was a beautiful testimony to Caesar's life. The man, husband, father, Tuskegee man, and...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Joan - San Jose, CA - Friend

“Long ago I had Dr. Caesar for my Dentist, and he was kind and gentle. I was a teenager living near his Divisadero Office. I should be more specific,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Cecile Lusby - Santa Rosa, CA

“My prayers go to you at this time of grief. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Peter Ambush - Struodsburg, PA


Richard C. Caesar - 93, passed away Monday, December 20, 2011 at his home in Foster City, California.
Richard was born in Lake Village, Arkansas in 1918 to Lenora Campbell Caesar and Robert C. Caesar. After graduating from high school
at Arkansas State College, Richard attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from Morehouse College in 1940, Richard was drafted into the military. Caesar became one of the Tuskegee airmen,
the elite group of African American fighter pilots that paved the way to overcome segregation and prejudice. An engineering officer and
pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron, Caesar ascended through the ranks to become lieutenant colonel.
In 1943, Caesar helped to rescue fellow pilot Roscoe Brown Jr. from a potentially disastrous plane crash. The Tuskegee
Airmen's acts of patriotism and valor were finally recognized in March 2007 when then President George W. Bush awarded nearly 300
airmen and their widows the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. In January 2009, the 44th president, Barack Obama, invited surviving
Airmen to attend his inauguration.
Cesar earned a doctor of dental science degree in 1951 from Meharry Medical College. While practicing dentistry in San Francisco for over
40 years, he served as president of the San Francisco Dental Society, the Northern California Medical and Dental and Pharmaceutical
Association, and as chairman of the Pacific Area Section of the Academy of Dentistry International.
Caesar's philanthropy is nearly as legendary as his career. His contributions included Morehouse College, Young Men's Christian
Association (YMCA), Meharry Medical College and the San Francisco Symphony. Dr. Caesar was a life governor of the San Francisco
Symphony.
Some of his other civic and social affiliations included Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity (Polemarch of the Berkeley Chapter), Buchanan Branch
Young Men's Christian Association of San Francisco (chairman of the board of directors), the United Way (budget team captain), and the
NAACP (lifetime member).
Caesar received the prestigious Bennie Trailblazer Award from Morehouse College in 2009. He was also honored by having the Buchanan
YMCA gymnasium named, the Dr. Richard C. Caesar Gymnasium.
Caesar was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Stella Mae Caesar, and Lois Towles Caesar. Caesar is survived by his wife;
Jeralene; stepson; Jonathan Gilchrist; sister: Alberta Caesar Lloyd; uncle; R.C. Campbell; cousin; Patricia Gourdine; and a host of friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 1 pm at Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home, 977 So. El Camino
Real in San Mateo. A private interment will be held the next day.
SNEIDER & SULLIVAN & O'CONNELL'S
FUNERAL HOME
(650) 343-1804