Carl Greene Briscoe Sr., 79, died July 5, 2010, with his family at his side, in New Milford, following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Briscoe was born and raised in Princeton, N.J. He was educated at the Witherspoon School and Princeton High, Class of 1949, and graduated from Howard University, Class of 1953, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in North Africa before returning to the United States and marrying Sylvia Lewis.

Mr. Briscoe began his professional career as a teacher for special needs children in 1961.

He participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

His commitment to social and economic opportunities for all was embodied in his work throughout the years. He developed programs, for both the public and private sectors, to provide education and job skills to the disadvantaged.

Later in life, Mr. Briscoe returned to teaching special needs children before retiring as a teacher specialist in 1994.

He was a Freemason.

Mr. Briscoe is survived by three sisters, Louise Driver, Frances Evans and Gladys Russell; three sons, Carl, Philip and Glenn; a daughter, Dawn; a daughter-in-law, Lisa; two grandchildren, Kate and John; his former wife, Sylvia Lewis; and many family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Negro College Fund, Attention Denise Scott, Direct Response Programs, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, P.O. Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031-8004.