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Editor - Lola Perkins Ricci

Vol. X

Now let's all mark our '75 calendars

for June 19-21 and try to meet and chat.
With the economy and inflation what they
are, things will cost a bit, so start now
to stuff those piggy banks and come prepared to ENJOY. Oh top of greeting old
buddies and reliving past exploits, you'll
have available scenic beauty, a trip to
the Ponderosa Ranch at Lake Tahoe for chow,
gambling-if you're so inclined-and many
"goodies" still in the almost-confirmed
If you have specific questions or requests, contact the Reno Reunion Committee
either now, or after you receive the info
early in '75. Hope to see everyone still
able to walk, drive or fly!:


There will be a business meeting at the

Reno Reunion, at which time new officers
will be installed and anything of interest
to the Order of Fifinella will be discussed.
Known item on the Agenda will be display
of the Memorial Plaque designed by Jewel
Estes, 44-10 trainee, which was made and
shown at the NOW Convention in Houston '74.
Members will discuss the possibility of
funding this-and future plaques for Air
Museums in the country.
If you have an item you'd like on the
Agenda, please contact President Nancy
Crews, including details, and a slot will
be reserved. Don~t wait until the meeting
to surprise us, please.




Due to the 1974 energy crisis, inflation

and Watergate, WASP plans and action for
the year had to be changed. The Reno Convention was cancelled and rescheduled for
next summer. An annual Executive Board
central meeting was dropped, discussions
involving business and policy were handled
by many telephone and mail communications.
Col. Bruce Arnold tells me that problems
of Watergate have been an obstacle in doing anything quickly in getting a WASP
Militarization Bill out, but a draft has
been completed. He is awaiting the proper
time to present this as a 1st effort to a
sympathetic Senator to sponsor the Bill.
Looking forward to 1975, let's all keep
in touch and share with each other again
those unforgetable and unparalleled days
when we were both young and WASP. So for
a little business, a lot of fun and a
great Reunion. THINKRENO--and by all means
plan to be there.


This time, even if the "crunch" hits

again, we shall PERSEVERE.
Reno is ON!:
The committee has rejuggled itself-Betty Boyd, 43-5, has taken over as chairwoman, but Fran Gustavson, 43-2, will be
working closely with her. Other members
are: Peggie Parker Eccles,44-4
Hazel Stamper Hohn, 44-4
Gerry W. Michelsen, 43-2
Leoti Deaton-advisor
J.R. Smith-printer
New officers will be installed at Reno.
They have spoken for 175 rooms at the
To date only one candidate for each office
Pioneer Inn for the period of June 19-21.
has stepped forward, albeit reluctantly,
Full details and reservations info will be
Surely some where out there lies hidden a
mailed early in 1975.
woman who would enjoy the challenge of being
In reply to those who thought of incorPresident or Newsletter Editor? Or the deporating our gathering with the Reno Air
tail work of Secretary/Treasurer?
Races -- the town is sold out and sewed up
Don't be shy, speak up! Send your name
during Sept. We couldn't possibly do it.
and office choice to Gene FitzPatrick,44-1,
New address for Betty Boyd:
2345 Sparta Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.
1705 Shoreline, Apt.30t
Alameda, Calif 94501
(415) 521-5623

NOW's interest in the achievements of the

women pilots and their recognition program,
and added, "As I understand it, your aim is
not only to establish recognition for the
achievements of women but tolcreate a condition under which they can and will develop
their capabilities and use their full talents,
thus making the world a better and richer
place to live in for everyone." Ziggy presented a commentary of commendation for these
WW II women pilots sent to the conference by
a male pilot, Senator Barry Goldwater, whose
flight experience with the WAFS at Wilmington, Del, he remembered with great respect.
WASP and instructors in the Fort WorthDallas~ Tyler Metroplex were invited to a
preview in Dallas May 19, the week before
the Houston program. Their approval was
enthusiastic and reports are that the
sculpture is beautiful.


I have in my possession a book that was
published in 1968 by Hawthorn Books, Inc.
New York, N.Y. It is titled LADYBIRDS:
by Edward Jablonski.
There is an interesting observation made
by Mr. Jablonski as well as an inaccuracy
National recognition was accorded the
concerning the WASP and WAFS during WW II.
Women's Airforce Service Pilots in Houston
In the chapter entitled "Wings of War"
in May in a program culminating in the unhe started out by saying that women particveiling of a model of a double plaque to
ipated in WW II more actively than they
be cast in bronze as a memorial to those
had ever done in any war in history, and
who lived and those who died in service.
that the evolution of aircraft made a treThe special events program featuring a
mendous leap during the early years of
"Salute to the WASPs" before national delthis war. In Dec 1943 President Roosevelt
egate~ of the National Organization for
and other dignitaries were attending a
Women (NOW) recognized the achievements of
banquet observing the 40th anniversary of
women in aviation and the accomplishments
flight. Orville Wright was the guest of
of the WASP in particular.
honor. He refused to speak at the dinner,
The plaque, sculptured by Jewel Estes,
but was heard later to comment that "evil
Dallas artist, is designed to honor the en- men had seized upon the airplane to make
tire WASP achievement and commemorate in
it the most lethal weapon in history". The
permanent symbolism the individual and col- following is quoted from the book:
lective heroism of womanhood in patriotic
"Women offered their-services to their
action. It depicts the heads of 2 figures-countries. The English formed a women's
one in pilot's helmet and one in graduate
division of the Air Transport Command
beret--representing both the training and
called Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
service phases of the WASP program, and is
Women from Canada joined the ATA as did
based, together with the memorial name plawomen from the United States ...The first
que on a 52 x 26 inch beautiful wooded
of these remarkable women was Jacqueline
backboard. Several pourings will be possible
Cochran, one of America's outstanding
from the mold developed by the artist from
pilots. Jacqueline delivered her first
the original sculpture. If funding plans
plane and then returned to the US to re~
can be achieved through volunteer flying
cruit another 25 pilots for ATA. After
enthusiasts interested in helping the WASP
the US entered the war, Jacqueline Cochsaga become a permanent page in American
ran returned to the States to form the
history, the bronze plaques will be made
Women's Air Force Service Pilots, better
available to appropriate air and space muknown as the WASP. There were many times
seums over the U.S. as soon as approval is
when Jackie Cochran needed the temperaobtained.
ment of a wasp to confront the common
Participating in the program were Leoti
prejudice against women fliers, interDeaton and Lorrain Bain,44-5, both in WASP
service rivalry and sheer petty jealousy.
uniform; Ziggy Hunter, WASP instructcr; and
Despite these obstacles the women did
Jewel Estes, 44-10 trainee. Dedie gave some
what they could. They tested and delivbackground on the experimental aspects of
ered planes, as did their English cou~the program. She expressed appreciation of
terparts. They even towed sleeves behInd

their planes as targets. Airmen, who

The historian would like to have the names
were learning gunnery, would shoot at the
of WASPs (and group pictures) who were
sleeve trailing the WASP-piloted craft.
active at the end of the program and their
Because they received little recogniassignments. Please write directly to:
tion, for technically the WASP was not
regarded as a true military outfit,
P.O.Box 9212
little was known or has been remembered
Fort Wayne,In.46S09
about the women fliers of the Second WW .. To date I have only 1 group given to me
The ferrying of American planes across
by Anne Dailey Marshall, 44-S, of the
the Atlantic was handled by the WAFS
WASP at Marana AB, Ariz. Taken Dec.lS,
(Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron)
1944, 14 of the 15 in pic identified.
under the command of Nancy Harkness Love.
Training the pilots for this work fell
to Jackie Cochran's WASP. (NOTE: Only 1
flight was attempted by Nancy Love and
Betty Gillies. It was delayed and finally
Last year during the big splash about
cancelled at the last moment. Gen. H.H.
Navy having the 1st women pilots, our
Arnold would not authorize trans-Atlantic
Sec/Treas Mary Jones received this one afflights for the American WAFS.)
ter she had written her local paper to reMale hostility was their greatest probmind
them of WASP. The writer, Mr. Price,
lem. Seeing women pilots handle aircraft
w~s kind enough to allow her to share it
that he was not yet qualified to handle
with you.
rubbed the young pilot the wrong way. A
Dear Mrs. Jones,
base commander, an old timer with years
You are right; women were flying miliof experience in the air, had said, "I'd
tary aircraft long before the Navy came
be damned if I'd let one of 'em taxi me
up with its newest addition.
down the runway. I hang onto this
Your story in the Press 1-19-73 brought
skin of mine a little longer".
mind an incident in 1944 or '45 at
But then he had been forced to admit,
Tuskegee AAF where I was an aviation ca"one day I had to give one of the WASP
det at the time. Our upper classmen were
a check-out flight from here to Charlotte
flying P-40s (fighter trainees) and the
And now I take it back, every word I said.
AT-IO, if I'm not mistaken. The AT-IO
She was even better than some of my boys~
was a low-wing, twin-engine job with twin
An AF officer at Camp Stewart, Ga,
rudders, and if I remember correctly, was
where WASPs served in special flying
made of plywood. These were flown by bombassignments requiring very skilled iner trainees before we got stripped-down
strument work, echoed the view. "Two of
the girls are as good as I am at this
One afternoon on the flight line the
particular job, and hell, I think I'M
was spread that one of the AT-lOs
the best in the Army ....."
was circling the field with wheel trouble,
couldn't get them down. After much ado,
Museum Notes: It is the suggestion of the
P-40 went up to take a look, and circling
WASP Historian that all WASP who have
historical articles of value to think
to use up fuel, the pilot "greased" it on
first of the 2 national museums-Air Force
the grass without much damage and no fire
Museum at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio or
or injury. I can't recall all of the deNational Air & Space Museum (Smithsonian
tails but I remember we cadets, lined up
Institution in Washington, D.C.), and
in front of the shack to see the show,
then send duplicate articles to the rewere talking it up. We were hoping it was
gional museums in their local area. In
one of.our fellow students at the controls,
another 20 years these articles will beseeing it was such a beautiful landing.
come lost or destroyed and so much of our
It would show our instructors that we
history will never be seen, unless it is
could really cut it. (We were black and
given now to the museum of your choice.
proud long before this generation.)
Interesting Data: At the end of the WASP
When the "Follow Me" jeep came in with
the pilot, our male egos suffered a setProgram, Dec 20, 1944, there were 916
ac~ive WASPs stationed in the following
back. The pilot was one of your zootassignments:
suited WASPs.
Headquarters AAF.................
Training Command .............. 620
s/Charles Price
Air Transport Command
1st Air Force
P.S. That picture of you and your
gang "posed" in front of the
2nd Air Force
AT-6 brought back memories.
4th Air Force ................
I have posed with classmates
Weather Wing
in almost the same shot.
Proving Ground Command
Air Technical Service Command
Troop Carrier Command
Anyone remember being involved? ..ed.


Okey, ladies--we've asked for reports
from any/all of you on happenings while
"serving". So far we have only statistical
pieces and bits (100 of you wrote short
answers to specific questions at the Sweetwater Reunion). Now-How about a "recording
session" at Reno? To allow you to ramble
on tape and fill us in on a few of the interesting things that remain in your subconscious after these 30+ years ..
With tape we'llpreserve the voice, accent and inflection for future reference.
T'would be a shame to allow our "exploits"
to fade into the unknown when wJre still
around to tell-it-like-it-was::
I still remember the Sgt.
at a gas stop in Texas when we rushed to
the Ops Bldg. and asked for a "ladies room'!
He finally remembered one about 3 blocks
away. But the next time thru, he flourished
a "ladies" sign, had the Cpl. check the
nearby latrine and proudly directed us
there--male pilots waited til the sign came
down: Another time I picked up a Stearman
at the factory to deliver to Calif. I'd
been flying nice wide-track BT-13s and had
never been near a Stearman, so had to ck
out at the factory. prior to departure. My
first rest-stop west was blowing up Texas
dust at about 30mph, so I requested a nice
friendly taxi strip into the wind. The
tower operator was quite adllinantabout his
"runway in use", so I made the approach as
directed, got it on the deck, and gently
went into 2360's.
A jeep came screeming
up, but I waved that all was unscratched.
As I slowly taxied I DID hear the tower
authorize the use of the taxi strip for 2
others-again proving one illustration is
worth 1000 words ?
And how about the "Presidential Suite"we
usually shared in Midland, Tex? Maybe Grover Cleveland? And the Ferry pilots Great
Circle Course--P-51 to Newark; night tra~n
to Buffalo; P-63 to Great Falls, Mont; and
01' friendly SNAFU back to L.A .?



Bee Haydu, 44-7, who gave her uniform

and memorabilia to the Smithsonian several
years ago, revisited the Institution in
April and has a glowing report on the new
Air & Space Museum:
"I visited with Messrs. Donald Lopez,
Asst Dir Aeronautics; LouisCasey, Curator Aircraft and C.G.Sweeting, Curatorial
Asst. They told me the new bldg. will
house many items pertaining to the WASP
as well as women in aviation. The format
of exnibition will recognize the accomplishments of women together with men,
not separately. WASP will be placed with
aviation activities of other pilots in
WW II. The new bldg. will officially
open July 4, 1976, altho completion is
expected before that date.
When it comes near time to plan for the
exhibits pertaining to the WASP, we will
be notified and invited to help with
ideas for displaying. I suspect this will
be some time in '75. Anyone wanting to
contribute time and ideas, please let me
know at my new address: R.D. 2 BOx 519,
Newton, N. J. 07860 OWl} 362-8618."


Dues Donation is appreciated at any time.

$5 or more assures the continuance of a
Newsletter and Roster. This past year only
30% of you remembered to encourage the OoF.
More interest is necessary or we'll have
to curtail something
A new item of interest to graduates who
have lost or misplaced wings--a faithful
copy, in silver, is available ..Soaring
silver prices have made the prIce $25.00,
including tax and registered mailing.
Pretty Fifi Decals are available @3/$1.
Fifi Pins
'72 Reunion Pic Book
....... $12.50
Extra Newsletters
.... .....
Extra Rosters
Your Dues Donation entitles you to a copy
Does any of this ring bells? or transport you back to your training ~r duty days? of the Newsletter & Roster.
Send checks to Mary Jones, Sec/Treas.
Jot down a few hi-lights and brIng them
395 Timberidge Trail
with you, prepared to elaborate,and.SHARE::
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
If you have a tape recorder, brIng It too,
and help gather what we hope will.become a
permanent record of our short perIod of
service and adventure. If you can't make
Reno, find a tape and transcribe your memJACQUELINE COCHRAN appeared in July before
ories~-Don't be left out.
the Congressional subcommittee investigating whether or not women should be
allowed to enter the military academies.
She t~ok a stand against women entering
The Fifi Award Committee, chaired by Del
the academies since she felt there is
Scharr, WA~S, is still working on formulaample opportunity for women to get an
ting rules & requirements fo~ the award.
education in the military. During the
If you have ideas or suggestIons, please
year Miss Cochran donated a uniform to
contact her immediately.
the Air Museum at Wright-Patterson.

Shephard, who is supposed to bite any unLEOTI (DEDIE) DEATON and her Cliff celebrainvited guest. Good Luck, Nancy:
ted their 52nd anni July 12-with an eveBARBARA FASKEN DICKINSON writes she hasn't
nin~ dining and dancing in Fort Worth::
done much this past year. Except a trip to
Ded1e received a special Red Cross pin &
the South Pacific-Tonga, Fiji, Bora-Bora,
plaque last fall for 50 years of service
and Tahiti in Feb; then she and her husto their Water Safty program (they also
band took both sons to England, Athens &
gave one to Cliff for "understanding and
the Greek Islands in May. Ahhh: Son Roger,
~uppor~")."of course, I've been involved
30, and Robert,26,are raising cattle in
1n v~r~ous WASP affairs-biggest one the
St Helena, Calif, and she sadly confesses
~nve111ng of the memorial plaque. Plaque
that the closest she's gotten in years to
1S elegant, touchingly beautiful (the exflying herself around is in a big,ugly jet.
pression on the faces of the figures is
BETTY GILLIES, "The Mighty Atom" as she was
remarkable), and an appropriate memorial.
fondly called by the gals at NCAAB says
Jewel Estes is a true artist and her hard
she has nothing exciting to report except
work was a real labor of love."
she and Gertrude Lockwood headed for Miami
and Puerto Rico in her Baron to attend the
99 Convt. in August. They were planning to
WAFS Secretary:
fly to San Juan, but what with possible
Buckberg Mt.Road,Tomkins Cove N.Y.I0986
hurricanes in the area, decided to take
EAL from Miami. Had hoped to RON in SaraNANCY LOVE well, Nancy with her usual flair
sota wither coming or going. Nothing exthrilled us no end
called from Fla. to
file her report. She was a little under
GERTRUDE MESERVE TUBBS says she is working
the weather but is feeling fit as a fiddle
partime in the County Hospital in Bradennow and is looking forward to a fun trip
town, Fla and ~as just ready to leave on
to Alaska as soon as Bob returns from
her vacation when our letter arrived. We
Martha's Vineyard with their beautiful
are sure that everyone will want to send
blue sloop, the C'est Ca. She says she's
their deepest sympathies at the loss of
been diddling around while her kids have
her husband of 30 years-and our good
been busy, busy. Hannah works at Cornell
buddy, Charlie Tubbs.
in the Ornithology Dept, rides and hunts
ADELA SCHAAR. From what we can gather from
her Arabian steed, is following in Ma's
Del's letter she has turned into the profootsteps and is flying like mad. Allie
verbial work-horse; painting, reroofing,
has been living in Anchorage working as
rechinking mortar, patching plaster and
an anthropologist and psychologist with
generally fixing up her 107 year old farm
the Methodist U. of An~horage. Marky, she
house. To say nothing of planting every
says, is having a great time playing avegetable known to manking and canning,
round in Calif. Nance says she was tickled
to date, 40 qts.of tomatoes: She has only
to death when Betty Gillies unexpectedly
woven 2 purses this year because she is
popped in on her way to the 99 Convention.
still scrubbing down the house and finNANCY BATSON CREWS, our Prez, says she
ishing the painting. She threatens, however,
started 1974 by going to Atlanta in Jan.
come fall,she'll find the time to weave
to help her sister,Amy,and her mother move
paint a picture or two and perhaps do a'
from Birmingham. Feb.brought a letter from
bit of writing. Her Spanish group meets
Fran Gustavson that the Reno Convt Com.
each Thursday and she had a chance to use
had resigned because of the energy crisis
it in June when she took a cruise from
so she,reluctantly,cancelled
the WASP ReGalveston to Cozumel Island, Panama Canal,
union and went to the hospital in March
Cartagena and Montego Bay with hubby,
for some surgery that turned out well, as
Harold, and her sister and brother-in-law.
she was able to return to Northrop in Apr.
She also suggests she might write the
where she is involved with the YF-17 Light
WAFS Story in Spanish-should be fascinWeight Fighter being tested for future
ating-but who amon~st us could read it?
production. Son,Radford, received an HonDel is also chairman of the Awards Com, a
orable Discharge from the AF last Nov, ensort of Fifinella Oscar, and asked that
tered college in Jan, made Dean's List and
anyone with suggestions on rules or guide
is now scheduled for the Chapman College
lines please contact her.
fall semester trip on the World Campus A- THERESA JAMES. We asked for a short synopsis
float. Daughter Janey has been enjoying
of the year's doings and got instead an 8
her summer attending the Caroline Leonetti
page document-very interesting, but used
Charm & Modeling School in Hollywood, and
up all our "blue-pencil": She writes from
in her spare time dishing out ice cream at
W.Palm Beach that the Bourbon in her blood
Dari-Delight. Nancy still does a little
stream hasn't discouraged the mosquitos,
instructi~g, is fixing up her Super Cub
fleas,etc. from biting either her or her
and has acquired a 1949 Mooney Mite which
dog,Gretchen. She's been slopping up the
is in the process of being rebuilt. She
beer and vittles at her sister's and brocalls it her Baby P-51. Outside of that
ther-in-Iaw's restaurant, Alfie's Fish &
she says everything is status quo except
Chips, and getting FAT,FAT. Did you know
for a new addition-a 4 month old German

she went to London on theP-47 (Jug) junand Crews conned us into being secretary
ket? Sat up with the pilot all the way,
to the WAFS, otherwise we are still on
take-off to lamding, had a trew.endous time
our mountain top, still at the controls
hob-nobbing with all the big-shots incluof the 60-passenger school bus and still
ding Lord Louis Mountbatten; met friends
praying for our twin-diesel yacht to sail
of Helen Ritchies and was made an Honorary
us off into the sunset. Daughter, Dugie,
member of the RAF; got to Paris and saw
and her husband, Axel, just released from
the Follies Bergiere, et all. Besides all
the Navy after 4 years came for a 2 week
that, she met some. flying friends in Opa
visi t and have returned as civilians to
Locka, Fla, got interested, read a bunch
Durham, where she has a government job
of books, caught up on new regulations and
and he is re-enrolled at Duke for his seis back at the controls having a b~ll.
nior year. Lots of fun, but mother is
Only thing that threw her was communicapooper~ Son,Rob, is on a Navy Nuclear
tions-couldn't get used to the lingo and
Tender in Sardinia for a two year stint
drove the Tower up the wall~! Funny, we
and is having a time for himself-mostly
never thought her "big mouth" would do her
gallivanting about on his Honda. We have
in. Since the "Petunia Patch" in Pa. is
sort of gotten ourselves involved in 10running without her, she will stay in Fla.
cal politics and with our usual lack of
until the funds run out. Nice going, Bag!
ta~t, are on a good many (expletive deFLORENE MILLER WATSON writes that she is
Ieted) lists.
still teaching college girls who are pre- 43-1 Secretary:
paring for secretarial careers, boys work600 E. Cottonwood Lane, Apt. 117
ing towards degrees in business and is alCasa Grande, Ariz. 85222
so a student herself taking more hours above a ~ast~r's Degree. Dr: Flore~e? Says The most exciting news for the' Phoenix,Ariz.
and.Chrls wl~l be celebratlng th~lr 30th
WASP has been a series of reunions every
annlversasy ln a few mont~s. W~W. ~nd have
4 or 5 months. 43-1 was really in evidence
recently returned from ~ p~ay tr~p to
and we have had a delightful time:
Na~sa~. They ar~.enthuslastlc boatlng,.
BETTY TACKABERRY BLAKE looks great and is
sWlmmlng and ~kllng buffs. Daughter Ga~l
about the busiest gal in Phoenix with her
and.hus~and 11~e n~arby and are expectlng
real-estate business. She has 3 fine boys
thelr flrst.chl1~ ln Ja~. Jea~, her other
and the lasttime I saw her she was being
daughter, 11ves ln Amarl110 tlh her hustaken out to a fancy Mother's Day dinner
band, 5 year old son and,2 ~ear ol~ da~ghby all 3 boys.
ter. Florene says wouldn be nlc~ lf BROWNIE KINDIG has a beautiful big mobile
the WAFS could ~ave a reunlon ~f thelr
home in a lovely setting on the desert noown? Name the tlme and.plac~....
rth of Phoenix. She keeps busy working in
a law office and at the time of writing
airplanes and flying quite a bit which,as
she is vacationing in the East.
she says, is helping her to make the many GERRY NYMAN and husband Van spent the 4th of
adjustments si~ce the loss of her husband
July at their place on Coeur d'Alene Lake
last July. Agaln, we send one of our own
in N. Idaho. It was a great reunion with
our most heartfel~ s~pathy.
Her older
all our boys, their wives, and grandchildaughter, Terry, lS :n ~er ~ast year a~
dren there for the holidays. While vacaSan Jose State U. m~Jorl~g ln ~eronau~lcs.
tioning at Canyon de Chelly
over Labor
She has all the ratlngs l~clu~lng.hell-.
Day, Gerry ran across a former student of
copter, does a lot of flYlng 2nd lS hoplng
BYRD HOWELL GRANGER. This stud~nt described
for an airline job some day. Bravo~.Terry~
Byrd's classes at the U. of Ariz. as the
Kris, #2 daughter, moved ~rom Hawall to
most outstanding there and Byrd as one of
Sun Valley, where she contlnues to do her
the most outstanding teachers. Byrd is an
thing with horses and dogs, no planes.
expert on folklore and has simply overB.J. is going to stay "put" since the
flowing crowds waiting to get in.
house is large enough to accommodate the MAGDA TACKE and husband George are retiring
kids and all their friends who keep
to a great retirement community at Mystic
coming home.
Shores in Tuckerton, N.J. They will have
HELEN MARY CLARK. We're certain ev~ryone
golf and also ocean fishing right at.
knows about the horrendous experlen~e
doorstep. It all sounds like the ultlmate
that befell H.M. and Gerry when thelr
in retirement living.
magnifient home burned to the ground sev- JANE STRAUGHN is, at this writing, flat on
eral years ago. We recently spoke to H.M.
her back recuperating from too much fun
who is now living in a darling house on
at the beach. It seems her disintegrating
four acres by a beautiful lake in Sloatsdisc just wouldn't take lifting the sailburg, N.Y. and loving it. She is carrying
boat and painting the house, but our bet
on in her own inimitable way and says Hi
is that she will be right back out there
to everyone-Ditto- and good luck H.M.
with that sailboat again soon.
from all of us.
MARY LOU COLBERT NEALE reports that altho
one left for college to the north and the
able moment this year cam~ when Gillies

golf games. In mid-July she took time out

one in college to the south graduated Cum
for a visit to New York to see RUTH FRANLaude and returned for a Masters in B.Ad.
CKLING REYNOLDS and her family on their
the 2 high schoolers at home felt comfarm in the Catskill Mts. From there she
pelled to rush in to fill the vacuum with
their friends. So the household is as fren- traveled to Pa. to attend a high school
reunion at Oakmont Country Club (their
etic as ever and money goes for eating
40th-her first). Then to Corsicana, Texas
rather than flying. Ray is still working
and back to Santa Barbara via Las Vegas.
6 day weeks for Lockheed, so no vacations
to report. A WASP reunion soon would be a MARION SCHORR has married Jack D. Brown and
is now "at home" in Laredo, Tex. She made
welcome relief for this frazzled-nerved
friends with Capt. Brown when he was in
House Mother.
charge of Flight Transition at Romulus AB,
Mich. in 1943. J.D. was later transferred
are kept very busy with their restaurant
to Brownsville, Tex. and they lost track
business. They had a great trip to Texas
of each other for 30 years. Last year a
and the West Coast this summer. They visroster was printed and sent to former
ited a son and family in Calif. and had a
wonderful time in San Francisco & Las Vegas members of the Thrid Ferry Group of the
ATC: A "hello" phone call from Jack reOur illustrious DOTTIE YOUNG really has been
busy since the last writing. On spt 29, '73 vealed that each was still flying professionally, had married, raised a family, had
she' was {nducted into the Colo. Aviation
been living alone for 4 years; and most
Hall of 'Fame. In the spring she was honimportant-that each had reserved a little
ored by the Okla. Hospitality Club as one
corner of their heart for the other. They
of their Ladies in the News. After a catmarried in Feb. Marion left her position
aract operation in Dec. she is again goof Chief Flight Instructor, in Columbus,
ing full steam, and in May attended the
10th anniversary meeting of the FAA WACOA
Ohio, and is now Flying Mate for J.D. on
in Washington, D.C. This doesn't begin to
his flights for an Oil & Cattle Producinclude all her activities as we could
tion Co. Besides learning about Charolais
write a whole newsletter just on Dottie:
cattle, Marion is enjoying golf & sail
Gerry Nyman has a letter from her Senator,
Barry Goldwater, promising aid wit~ the
PAT LAWLER ROBERSON and her family have
House Bill effecting the WASP, saYlng
been living in Tyler, Tex for the past 7
if it seems to have any serious chance
years. Pat writes,"We came here to operof action on the House side, I will try
ate a travel club. They had a Lockheed
Super Connie and it was great fun while
to help out over here."
it lasted. We got in a lot of good trips.
However, after spending a fortune com43-2 Secretary:
plying with Govt. Regs and various other
2512 Montgomery,Laredo,Tex.78040
things, they finally went broke. Earlier
this year, Dick was in Trinidad, W.I.
MARIE MUCCIE GENARO is busy running and
training pilots for a small airline, Carmanaging her successful Natural Villa
ribbean United. I went down for a couple
Health Foods Store in Lake Park,Fla. She
of weeks. It's been such a mad-house at
has recently completed a course at the
the hospital that I needed to get away".
Life Therapy Institute in Palm Springs,
Calif on nutrition and body management
to attend the reunion at Sweetwater, but
which qualifies her as a Nutrition ConGeneral Tunner was ill at the time. They
sultant. She writes an interesting and
spend their summers in Va. and winters in
informative column on nutrition weekly
Antigua, Guatemala. Daughter, Suzanne,
for the local paper in Fla.
graduated from the U. of Va. in Charlottes
GERI MAS INTER HILL had not been flying for
ville this year.
years, however, has now taken her 2nd
class physical and gotten current. She is MARY JOHNSON RUDOLPH is the proud grandmother of three. However, she is not aenjoying retirement. In addition to a
vailable for much baby sitting. She took
full social life she is Pres. of the N.
8 business trips east last year. "The 2
San Diego County CRTA (Ca.Retired Teatrips to Detroit were exciting because I
chers' Asso.) The division has 525 memwas writing an initial management summary
bers and is growing. At the CRTA convt.
for Chevrolet to use in various plants
in May at Bakersfield, Geri had a long
with the idea that we will follow it up
telephone conversation with Lorena Daly
with a lot more documentation work. Then
Dorr (43-6).
there was a nice 3 week stay on Long
Island. At the end of that job I had 4
from Santa Barbara. She and Mr. Rupley
delightful days in Bermuda as a bonus.
bought a 20 year old home looking down
The St Louis job was particularly interacross Montecito Golf Club to the water.
esting because for a week and a half I
They hauled boulders, built walls,moved
was escorted thru Ark, Miss, and Tenn,
tons of dirt, planted gardens and comvisiting plants that manufacture wearing
pletely remodeled. That left only the
apparel and camping equipment for Sears
hours of 5pm to 7pm for Martha's daily

Roebuck. I was gathering information for

a user manual on their common computer
system. Between trips, I found time for
bee, or is it wasp? "Lester and I continue
a vacation trip to Seattle last fall, in- publishing a monthly magazine for North
cluding skating at Snoopy's Rink and see- Central Texas region called Texas Metro. I
ing Crater Lake in three feet of snow.
am still at Bell Helicapter Co, as Chief,
Human Factors Engineering Group-involved
with cockpit and crew station design. Was
Route 1. Box 57A
recently assigned as CO of my AFRes, 9823
Collinsville, Miss. 39325
Air Reserve Sq, Ft. Worth. Am a LtCol. and
eligible for promotion this summer. Passed
ESTHER BERNER is still the very capable
my 4 year physical-a lot of our guys get
Commissioner of Aerocautics of Indiana.
caught on that and are out in a hurry. My
She writes that she and Betty Pettit
reserve unit did research and published a
Nicholas,44-7, flew Betty's Cessna 150 to paper entitled "A Survey of Attitudes of
Denver and points west. Enroute they vis- Student Nurses Towards a Career :.s a Miliited Betty Jo Reed,44-7, Frances Tanessy,
tary Nurse". Found gals start thinking of
43-6, GRACE BIRGE MAYFIELD, Pete & Dottie
and evaluating a military career as early
Young, 43-1, "99" hdqs, the Cowboy Hall
as h'igh school and that they are more inof Fame, Estes Park, Colorado Springs,
terested in meaningful service than in the
and other scenic spots. Sounds life a
pretty uniform and girl-things. Travel is
full 2 week vacation. Esther also states
also high. Gave a paper at several technithat for the first time the State has
cal meetings: Ft. Rucker,Ala in Nov 1973;
allocated money for airport improvement
Washington, D.C. in May 1974. Was the feaso we know she is busy. She was sorry
tured scientist in "Profiles in Science" in
the reunion ras cancelled this year.
a little booklet entitled Naval Research
KAY MENGES BRICK. Since the last Newsletter
Reviews published by the Dept of Navy, OfKay has received the Paul Tissandier
fice of Naval Research, Vol.XXV, #12, Dec.
Diploma from the FAI (Federation Aero1972. Named Asso Fellow in the Am. Instinautique Inernationale). Due to surgery
tute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Advishe was unable to receive it in person
sor to the Internatl Women's Air & Space
in Dublin,Ireland in the fall of 1973
Museum, of the Ninety-Nines, Inc. Reviewed
at the 66th FAI Congress. She is very
The Forgotten Pilots, A Story of the Air
busy with the Powder Puff Derby canTransport Auxiliary 1939-1945 by Lettice
celled due to the energy crisis and is
Curtis for the Journal of the Am Aviation
compiling an album on 27 Derbies.
Historical Society. It was a very interBETTY DEUSER BUDDE writes that her life
esting book and think many WASPs would igoes on in the same old groove (hope it's dentify with Lettice and enjoy it. She
a comfortable one:). One of her four sons
lives at Springfield House, 54 London Rd.,
has recently married and is working for
Twyford, Berks, England in case any of our
the Public Defender in L.A. and another
gals are over there, and now works for the
has jOined the Army and is in Germany.
equivalent of our FAA-and sounds like a
She also was disappointed the reunion was
good 01' gal. Have written 2 articles on
the WASP. The Am. Aviation Historical SoBETTY ARCHIBALD FERNANDES is still enjoying
ciety has accepted them for publication 2
the quiet life in rural Miss. with its
years ago. The Journal comes out quarterly
miles of pine forests and many lakes. We
and originally they had promised publicatake short trips to the Gulf Coast and
tion last fall but a recent note says they
New Orleans and longer trips to Ind. Son
are "still on the to-be-done pile", so who
is Asso. Director for WPTA-TV in Fort
knows? Titles are The WASP Program: An HisWayne. Hope to see y'all in Reno.
torical Synopsis and The WASP Training ProELAINE JONES has moved to PO Box 410, Kahugram: An Historical Synopsis.(all of which
lui Maui 96732 (well, she's not really in might seem like a "groovey rut" ....? Ed.)
a PO Box ..ed) and is working as an ATCS BERTHA LINK TRASKY writes that she is gardenFlite Service Station Specialist. All
ing in the summer and catching up on negAloha-land visitors stop by.
lected duties at home and their cottage in
LOIS BROOKS HAILEY writes that her rut conthe winter. She has 3 sons, one married
tinues on. Let's hope it's similar to
with two children. Her oldest son was an
Betty Budde's groove. Her son has just
Army Intelligence Officer in Vietnam and
sailed again for the Pacific.
leader ~f Kit Ca~son Scouts. ~e was woun~ed
JOYCE SHERWOOD SECCIANI says that all's well and ret1red and 1S presently 1n Alaska w1th
with the Secciani clan. Just plugging aDept of Natural Resources and has charge of
long (is this the same as the rut and
1500 miles of the Alaskan Yukon that the
grove previously mentioned?) until their
new pipe line goes th~ough. The younges~ son
kids finish their education-one is a senjust graduated from M1ch. State U. and 1S
ior and one a junior in high school. She
trying out a new job with a northern tre7
may get airborne again with a nephew this
farm.Bertha's n7w add~ess: 1960 Meadow F1eld
summer and see if she still has the touch. N.E., Grand Rap1ds, M1Ch. 49505.

(Plus handicrafts and treats) at Syquan

Reservation-have.lO little Indians in my
be county judge again and Lois is teaching
class who help gather cans for recycling
high school math. They still have their
to go to Ringling Bros. Circus. Appeal:
farm in Dell City with the house for them
If anyone should have any children's books
and the land leased out. Her 3 children
that could be sent via book rate, we could
are married. Grandma yet? She hated to hear
use them. They love books about planes,
that the reunion was cancelled.
rockets, and animals. Son Chet, 20, is now
LORETTA BEATY FOY is now employed by Bell
jeeping with a friend in Guatamala but
Helicopter, too-but through their Van Nuys
will have to get back as Early Morning
Calif. sales and service operation. Does
Warning Sq. wants to send him for 2 weeks
lots of whirling about.
flight training at Fallon. Son Reg is
Secretary note: Thanks so much to all of
still in College and plays Western Bandyou who replied. To those of you who did
recently on Chan. 6 TV Special. Daughter
NOT, to quote from an old song,"If you
Eve has design dept. at Laguna Landscape.
didn't receive my letter, write and let
me ~mow", signed Archie Bettybald ...?
life is routine teaching 5th grade. However she reported that she had a visit by
one Sally Keil, MARY PARKER's niece. Sally
and Parkie planned to write a book about
the WASP. Altho Parkie died in July 197~,
Sally intends to carry oout this commitELEANOR THOMPSON WORTZ wrote from Portugal,
ment and has been personally contacting
in the midst of the revolution, saying
the B-17 gals. Charlotte reports that
that she and her 2 sons (18 & 23) were on
Sally has been talking with her, FRANCES
a 4 month travel binge to Spain, Morocco,
Algeria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey and
anecdotes of their experiences and can
Britain. They were joined by her husband
be reached at Parkie's old address.
for part of the trip. She was on sabbatiSYLVIA DAHMES CLAYTON is still working for
cal leave from the college where she
IOTA Engineering, Inc, as an Ad. Asst.(a
Girl Friday). The portable, high frequenHELEN SCHAEFER flew to Dallas from Calif for
cy, fl~orescent light which IOTA made for
the Labor Day weekend and enjoyed a visit
and did well. As a result
with BERT MILLER COLLINS and Alberta Head.
of that they have a new product on the
Helen reported that JUANITA BOLISH COOKE
market-REVL (Recreational & Emergency Veis having great success with her new enhicle Light), a 12 volt, portable light
deavor-real estate.
using as little power from a car battery
JEANNE ROBERTSON writes they had a glorious
as a dome light, but 8 times as bright.
6 week trip in Europe last fall-Ireland,
Daughter is a 2nd Lt. in the Army, marScotland, Wales, England and Paris. Manried to an Army Lt.~bott in Finance at
aged to see some of the places where our
Ft. Bragg, N.C. Son and his wife live in
ancestors lived. In Nov. Charlie un-reTucson where he is an engineer and she
tired himself--or rather Hawaiian Indeworks as a service representative for the
pendent Refinery did it for him. He is
telephone company.
now Superintendent of their new refinery
IRENE FREMD DeGRAY reports that she and
near Honolulu. Jeanne rented the house
Bill are busy running their own Company
in Calif. and became a "camp follower".
and have found that South Padre Island is
They found a house in Honolulu just in
a marvelous place to sun, surf, and fish
time for the children to visit in April.
in the unhurried way of Fla. some 20 yrs.
They plan to enjoy their view of the
ago. They sneak weekends now ~nd then and
ocean for 3 or 4 years.
have a wonderful rest.
FAITH RICHARDS lost her father after severSOLANGE D'HOOGHE reports that she has lived
al years of failing health in Sept, so
in Reno, Nev. ever since she left Romulus.
was unable to meet our news deadline.Our
For the past 8 years she has been a Mansympathy. Contact Bucky for news of any
power Specialist IV for the State in Emclassmate-or talk to her at Reno in June.
ployment Security. She doesn't do .any
43-5 Secretary: JILL McCORMICK
private flying but keeps close to it by
4920 N. State Rd. 43
being a member of the C.ofC. Aviation
W. Lafayette, Ind. 47906
Committee. She has a 21 year old son.
DODI (JO PITZ) EGAN - Quote "My life isn't
very exciting to anyone but me. Have teen
Sweetwater enroute to Miss. to take a big
a widow for 13 years so fill my time with
nostalgic look at the lovely pink granite
tennis. Capt. of the Army-Navy CC "C"
monument to the WASP and Avenger Field.
team, go skiing whenever possible (Vail,
In Aug took a camping trip for trout in
Colo. for 8 years), rest of the timeis
the high Sierras, Expo at Spokane, salmon
spent on yard work, bridge, sewing and
fishing on the Columbia and visiting rev\rious handwork. Would love to see 43-5
latives in Wash. A couple of fellows are
gals if they ever have a reunion east of
filling in for my Sunday School teaching
Denver?" unquote.

JERRY HILL (MRS.) wishes to thank all of the Charter work and the usual variety. I am
WASP who made the Sweetwater Reunion such
an FAA Flight Examiner for single and multi
a success and sends her dearest wishes to
engine and instrument, and Air Taxi check
those of her very dear friends who were
pilot. Please drop in to say "hi"
unable to attend. She regrets that she,
GERALDINE HARDMAN JORDAN reports that she is
Ruth Gamber, and Hazel Wolfe had to cancel practically childless now. She is down to
their trip to Reno. She says that 6 months
3 and oldest one at home will be 18 in a
ago she had 2 cataract operations and that few days and ready to try her wings alone.
she is impossible to live with. However
That would leave BetsY,15,and Lissa 8+ and
her sister and brother-in-law still plan
2 cats and a puppy. Daughter Mary was marto take her on a Caribbean cruise come
ried last March to a young man from Italy.
Oct. Good luck, Jer.ry, have fun, and SEE
They drove to N.J. for the wedding. Her
a lot:
Id es t d aughter Kathy had a boy on his dads
MARION (SCARLET) STEGEMAN HODGSON writes she blrthd~y. Now they are grandparents 3 times.
and son John went to London, Paris and
All thlS and celebrating their 30th Wedding
Rome for his 13th birthday present. HusAnni. This past summer she borrowed her
band Ned had to stay home and "mind the
daughter's Motor Home and drove from Okla.
shop", having. just received another prothru Colo, Wyo to Utah where she left her
motion. Marion and John traveled in alhusband for a Tour at Hill AFB. Then on to
most every way possible except submarine
Ore, Idaho, Nev and back home-she liked the
namely: jet, subway, horse-drawn carrio~~
airconditioning, but prefers tent-campingtrain, car", boat, hydrofoil and hovercr~ft. especially with the cost of gas and the
Marion's "College Kid's Cookbook" is now
p.allons used by the Motor Home.
over the 100,000-in-print mark, and her
"Bride's Survival Kit" is gaining on it.
Her third cookbook "What's Your Beef?" has
instructed and operated Airports in S.C.
gone into a new printing. This past year
N.Y. & N.J. after leaving the WASP until
Marion collaborated with an Atlanta psyshe entered the WAC in Oct. 1948. She did
ch~atrist on an article about marriage,
continue to instruct in the Army for a
whlle her Gothic novel still awaits a comnumber of years, off-duty, but has not
plete rewrite, as does her old WASP book
been at the controls for the last 6 years.
which has been gathering mothballs and h~s
She may start again at the nearby Ft.
never been submitted to a publisher. "There' Eustis Flying Club, since she retired 30
just ought to be more than 24 hours in a
April 1974. She didn't have to move
day," she moans. The summer has sped by,
she planned ahead and bought a house near
with trips to married children. (Incidently
her last station. She reports it is on a
daughter Marjorie-now Mrs. Joe Parker, Jr.
river and she has a boat docked inthe
on the cover of REDBOOK one of these
side yard. Her favorite past time is crabdays. Look for a blonde cowgirl holding a
bing. A nice thing happened just before
newborn calf, or feeding her horse:) Marion
she retired, GINNY ARCHER WILLIAM's handhas had visits from MARJORIE SANFORD THOMPsome son called on her in her office.
SON, who came to Fort Worth to lect~re on
YVONNE PATEMAN (LTC USAF-Ret) is a busy gal
flying and writing. She's in the Quantico
leads a busy, busy life in Okla.
Flying Club at the Quantico Marine Air
HELEN TURNER HOLLAND writes son Mart graduaStat~on, Va. and checked out in a Cherokee
ted with honors this Spring from Hastings
140 ln Jan 1974 and took off for Orlando,
College, Hastings, Nebr. He's thinking of
Fla; then moved to a Cherokee 180 for a
ranching in Nebr. where we have some land.
trip to Hanscom Field, Mass in April. She
He's learning to fly up there too-right
now hopes to upgrade herself by training
where I started on Cubs. Daughter Bets, an
in ins~rument and multi-engine in Sept.
art major at Hastings, was married to a
Meanwhlle she completed an article on a
Nebran, Nelse Lundeen, and is living at
woman archeological historian (17th Cent)
Hastings. Daughter Kit is married to Jim
which she hopes to sell this fall. She is
Petersen from Alliance, Nebr., is in law
now doing lots of research to write her
school at the U. of Okla. Jim is purchasfirst historical novel on WWII. She says
ing agent for the J .H. Holland Co which
the tentative title is "Tomorrow is Past"
makes heavy road equipment invented by my
Can't quite figure that one out, Pat ...?
husband John. If you see a huge yellow
HELEN PORTER SHEFFER reports that she has
trailer of hot mix asphalt called the FLOW2 children-daughter 19 and married, and a
BOY, that's John's product. John is curson 16. She is a new grandmother. On their
rently working on an Ag. plane, feeling
farm, she and her daughter raise Appaloosa
there is much to be done in the area of
horses-as well as lots of corn and vegetenergy needs and agriculture. I'm involved
abIes. She also keeps active in aviation,
with health planning, juvenile delinquency
being a Capt in CAP where she just put in
prevention, and ETC, etc,....
70 hours on a search-rescue mission. She
RUTH CARTER JOHNSON is still operating a FIt
is still a part time free-lance flight
School, Ruth Johnson Flying Service at
insturctor and an FAA Accident Prevention
Chino Airport, Chino, Ca. It is VA approCounseler in the Harrisburg~ Pa. GADO.
ved and Piper Aircraft Sales. We also have

for a bear to get off the green before she

SHIRLEY SLADE TEER had planned a LONG vacacould drive ..:
tion in Spain this year but her husband
ELIZABETH CARSEY CLARK is still spending
suffered a stroke so she had to remain in
most of her time with her Rockaplenty KenHouston. Reports he is back at work for
nel and shows. She is Pres. of the Shawnee
half day now and improving. Son is going
Kennel Club and has judged 7 all-breed AKC
to Texas Tech and has become quite a
sanctioned matches within the year. She
tennis buff. Shirley says MARJORIE SANhas Gordon Setters, Miniature Schnauzers,
FORD THOMPSON is wOrking at the Museum
and Irish Wolfhounds. Her 2 wolfhounds are
about 6 hours per day. She was a volunteer
Champions, and she has the top winning Gorfor so many years and did such a good job
don Setter in the country and the top prothey offered to pay her.
ducing dam for the breed. Her miniature
To finish off with the news of class 43-5
schnauzer, Nightwind, is in Calif being
your reporter,JILL McCORMICK, had a reshown by Clay Coody. July was his first
volting situation this summer. Went to a
time out as a special ~nd he went Best of
hospital in Oak Park, Ill. with my Doc
Breed at Orange Empire over 6 Champions:
for the purpose of testing whether or not
The same day she took a Best of Breed at
I could take a medication cut-back. PlanGrand River KC and a Terrier Group 2nd.
ned to be there no more than 3 weeks-at
That was the highest placement in a group
the end of that time it was found I must
that she's gotten with a schnauzer, and
have stomach surgury. To make a long one
the nice thing was that he was owner-hanshort, I left the hospital 6 weeks and 4
dled by Elizabeth.
days after I had entered minus half my
BETHEL GIBBONS quit work on June 15, and is
stomach. It will make life cheaper for
enjoying her leisure. She and daughter,
me now--should eat only half as much:
Beth have just taken a trip to the CaribComing along fine, getting stronger evry
bean~-flew to Miami, boarded a ship with
day. In fact, built up my strength so I
stops at Nassau, San Juan and St. Thomas.
took my FAA Biennial Check in a Cherokee
She has 2 beautiful granddaughters born
Arrow and passed for my Com. & Instument.
in Dec 1973 and Jan 1974.
I will return to Purdue for Fall Semester PATRICIA BOWSER GIBSON and her husband Henry
and once again try to knock some instruhave traveled allover
the world. Now they
ment flight procedures into the Jr. class
have bought a 31 foot Airstream Travel
in the Professional Pilot Program. You
Trailer and plan to see all the beautiful
all stay well and see you in Reno.
USAf They travel 5-6 months each year and
return for the summers to the home on Dis43-6 Secretary: CAPPY WHITAKER JOHNSON
covery Bay that they built in 1970 when
4175 Kenneth Ave.
Henry retired from military service. They
Fair Oaks, Calif. 95628
fish for salmon and trout, dig clams and
gather Dungeness crabs. Now that sounds
LANA CUSACK BOXBERGER and her husband Jerry
like an ideal life.
recently returned from a trip around the
MARGARET HELBURN KOCHER sent campaign posworld. Lana really whipped up a big party
ters and newspaper clippings from her camon March 7th when Jerry retired from TWA.
paign for N.Y. State Assembly. She says
Now they're-a golfing duo. Had dinner in
much has been made of her having been a
July with Lqla and Ed Ricci.
pilot, and she stresses that her technical
BLANCHE OSBORN BROSS-I was delighted to get
training is a good background for underan address for Blanche from Pat Gibson.
standing the problems that face the legisThey found each other after 10 yars, even
lature. The campaigning has been very strentho living only 4 hours apart. Blanche
uous--not so much the door to door and
has lived in the Ore-Wash area for the
supermarket sppearances- but the meetings
past 25 years. After her marriage to Wilevery night, and all day on the telephone,
lis they lived on a houseboat in the Coand working out a myriad of detal13 at her
lumbia River until a baby boy changed
desk, not to mention keeping the volunteers
her mind about life afloat. They moved
and funds rolling in. If there are ardent
to Vancouver, Wash where they caught
supporters of women for public office out
Chinook Salmon from their patio. They
there, they can deduct as a credit against
operated a Seaplane base in the Columbia
their Fed Tax (line 52, pg 2, part IV of
for a year or so, doing charter flights
Form 1040, 1973) a contribution to a poland scenic ones-Blanche says the passenitical campaign up to $12.50 single, $25
gers didn't seem to mind a woman pilot.
per couple. It will go a long way toward
This turned out to be more fun than incovering printing costs, mailings, etc.
come, so they bought a seafood market on
ELEANOR FEELEY LAWRY signed her note, "The
Long Beach Peninsula in Wash. They ow~ a
Happy Civilian". Cas retired from the milhome on Willapa Bay which Blanche clalms
itary over a year ago and Eleanor says she
is enjoying having windows with curtains
is the last unpoluted water on the West
and jrapes made-to-order. No more made
Coast. She doesn't fly now, but does play
overs or make-do-for-a-year type. Cas is
golf every chance she gets. The golf courSE
getting his helicopter rating and enjoying
is "woodsy" and one day she had to wait
life without telephones.

MARGARET CASTLE McANALLY is still teaching

they flew to Palm Springs(had to land
4th grade at Boron, Calif. She has moved
there as the LA basin was completely
to a mini-house as all her children will
fogged and rained in). They rented a car
be gone. The older girl is married, son in
and visited friends in the LA area for 5
AF and the younger girl just graduated
days, returning home by way of Idaho
from high school. As a graduation present
Falls, Boise and Missoula. In July they
an aunt took her to Russia, while Meg went
flew out to Seattle and Marge enjoyed a
to Los Angeles to care for their mother &
day at a shopping center before going
older aunt. She went ot Hawaii during sumout on her sister's boat for a cruise
mer for semester hours. Says her flying
and salmon fishing. At the time she was
prospects are ni~, with one more child to
writing they were planning to go to the
put thru college, but still hoping.
NW Aviation Planning Council meeting at
ANN CRISWELL MADDEN has only 7 of her 10 at
Couer d'Alene, Idaho and on to Expo 74
home now, but says each one has ubout 3
at Spokane.
friends that consider their home a sort of VELMA SAUNDERS dropped a card to thank us
Teen Club, and their front circle looks
for keeping everyone up-to-date on the
like a used car lot. In spite of this Ann
news and say~ she has a spare bed for
finds time to take organ lessons and conany WASP passing her way.
stantly "Museums" to collect material for
MAXINE STEWARD SMITH went back to private
the art history lectures she gives to wopractice of law the first of the year.
men's clubs. Lastfall she joined one of
In May she was taken out to dinner by
her daughters who was studying in Europe,
PEG WISSLER ROBERTS and husband Jay.
and they wandered by car from Amsteraam
They were departing shortly for a trip
to Paris, which is Ann's favorite city.
to Peru, Ecuador and other interesting
In the spring 5 of them did Disneyworld
spots, which explains why I didn't hear
and as of this writing, she is getting
from Peg. Maxine also had heard from
ready to take off for Russia with one of
HELEN ABEL, still happy in Brazil, and
her children. They are joining a group in
had talked with MILDRED McCLELLAN CHRISLondon for 2 weeks to study the art and
TIANSEN who was in San Diego because of
architecture around Moscow & Leningrad.
her mother's illness.
FRAN BUFORD PULLEN stays busy with houseIRMA "BABE" STORY was a little late getting
work, taking care of her children and voher news in because she was in Las Vegas
lunteer work. Her older son graduated
going to school-a Govt Construction Confrom Berkeley having majored in math. Her
tracting Course--not dealing. In June her
younger daughter who is interested in riCompany bid on 16 jobs and got 8 of them,
ding, has started jumping.
the US so Babe will be traveling
LOLA PERKINS RICCI has had a rather quiet
most of the next 3 months. They also have
year. Flew down to the Brownsville area
jobs in the Marianas, Panape and Truk,
of the Gulf Coast for Thanksgiving and
and an office in Guam. With luck, she
had to tip-toe along the Tex-Mexican borhopes to get a trip out to see CAROL WEBB
der on return because of storms. Tried
COOK. She managed to fly a Musketeer at
New Year's in Loreta, Baja Ca. but always
San Jose and a couple of landings in Ju.
seem to acquire Montezuma's Revenge just
while attending school at IBM. She went
flying across the border-that shortened
to 2 different IBM "Executive Indoctrination Schools" and says it is a way of
our stay. In April started out for NYC &
getting a day off for her.
D.C. Bounced as far as Albuquerque and
NANCY JOHNSON THORNE' writes that she has
got kinda stalled by "turbulence, thunnot done anything newsworthy except to
derstorm lines and tornado warnings"-we
stay strong and skinny. Howe~er, .she .
tooled around to Santa Fe and Carefree,
holds down a full-time teach~ng Job,g~ves
Ariz, but the weather stayed lousy for 3
her mother a lot of care and volunteers
days, so we headed south and spent 4 days
any extra time she has to a.niece's son
in Mazatlan and the La Paz area (without
who had a birth injury and ~s almost
the usual food problems). In June Ed & I
flew to Seattle and spent 3 warm days
paralyzed. She also has horses (too many,
with Howard and Viv Cadman Eddy,43-5. On
she says) and put the Beckley horseshows
to Vancouver, Kamloops, Wms. Lake and
on paper.
Campbell River where we did hook some
MARIAN TIBBETTS is working as a volunteer
salmon. Getting eager to try the Eastern
daily at the Red Cross office. She is the
trip again-maybe in Oct. Our plans seem
Disaster Chairman for her Chapter; had a
to revolve around the plane, but that's
training class back in Jan where they
not a bad way of life!:
trained 46 people in all but the nursing
MARGE LOGAN ROLLE and Ken take many trips
and medical portion. The nursing chairman
in their Beechcraft Bonanza. In May they
is setting up a training session just for
flew to Billings to visit relatives then
that alone and when they become trained
on to Albuquerque for 4 days at the Inter
there will be between 60 and 75 people to
national Asso of Airport Execs' meeting
at any time. In June they obtained
From there to Phoenix to spend 4 days
an old trailer shell, stripped it, insuwith Ken's sister and family. From there
lated it, put in new ceiling, walls, floor

and sliding glass dt,ors. Now it is a fine 43-7 Secretary:

First Aid Station and on the 4th of July,
1700 Seaspray Court #1143
at a Willie Nelson Country Western Picnic
Houston, Texas 77008
at the Speedway Track, they gave first aid
to 300-400 people for everything from sun- MARY COON WALTERS reports she lost her husburn and spiders-in-ears to broken legs.
band in June but with help of 19 year old
EVELYN TRAMMELL went to London in April to
son who is a sophmore at the University,
the P-47 convention. There were 4 in her
she is returning to her life as a lawyer.
group, Katy Strehle 43-4, Mariana Nutt 43-5 Mary was on active duty 1951 thru 1955,
and WAF Teresa James. She says they had a
returned to school for her law degree and
great time, with about 150 on the charter
then served for several years as a Disand fun coming, going and while there. In
trict Judge. Her law firm has a twin-enAug she ~ttended the 99s International
gined plane with a full-time pilot, so
Convt. in Puerto Rico and plans a trip to
she doesn't fly herself anymore. Would
the Orient in Oct with the Shriners. They
enjoy hearing from any of th~ girls.,
traded the 411 on a 421-A last Sept and
JEAN PARKER ROSE, altho still 1nstruct1n~
love the pressurized cabin advantages.
for her own Flight School, has found t1me
DOROTHY WEBB is living in Bakersfield and
to fly in the International Air Race thru
taking care of her mother, whose health
Mexico' attend the 10th anni gathering of
is failing. She says outside of being the
WACOA (she's a current member) in Washchief cook & 'bottle washer she doesn't
ington, D.C.; and was present, as a past
have any news. She plans to attend the
winner, when the names of ~PD winners
next reunion, and I know all her old friwere inscribed at the spec1a1 area at
ends will be delighted to hear that.
Riverside Airport, Calif.
LELA LOUDER HADING says she returned from
and renewed her Com License and Multi rataking care of her 1st grandchild but she
ting. Her brother, who is a retired AA pididn't say where ...? but card was posted
lot flew his twin-engine Beechcraft down
from Cheyenne, Wy. Any way the,li1 girl
to Riverside in Aug and Maurine got to fly
missed Lela's birthday by 77 m1nutes. Lela
it. Last year she and her husband and16 yr
is a fisherman(?) and is trying to best
old daughter went to Acapulco and this
her 26# salmon catch of last year over
Sept to Hawaii for a week's vacation. On
+ho T."hor
Dav weekend in Oregan.
Aug 7 they attended the G1astron Boat Dea- MARY HELEN BURKE reports she became the Mo1ers annual meeting and were given a spether of a 21 year old nephew last Nov.
cia1 award for the biggest increase in
He soon learned that the hard work of a
sales. She says they stay so busy they
"wrecker" wasn't what he wanted in life
don't have time to do any boating themse1vs
after all so has moved back with his
VIRGINIA YATES writes that she changed pofolks and returning to U. of Okla. this
sition in mid-April to the Fed Energy Ad.
fall. But we are still demolishing everyas Information Specialist in the Office of
thing we can get a contract on and hope
Oil & Gas in Div of Energy Resource Deve1to be able to continue until Socia1 Secopment. Her office is concerned with incurity gets me. Tried to call every WASP
creasing domestic production using known
that lives in Houston for news for the
technology. Her home address is the same.
Letter, but succeeded in talking only to
CAPPY WHITTAKER JOHNSON is sti111 involved
Shirley Slade Teer, 43-5.
doing volunteer work with Project Re-entry, SAMMY CHAPIN HASSAN reports that her life
an organization working on the rehabi1itais a DRAG ..? Spends her summers with her
tion and socialization of stroke patients.
husband and 2 boys at home on Lake in No.
She has appeared on several TV programs in
Mich. Come fall they put the boys in
connection with the Project and will be on
school and Sammy and hubby go to Mexico
the United Crusade Program in Oct. Finding
for WhiteWing Dove season, then off to
themselves with an"empty nest" she and LyFla. for golf and then off to the Islands
all decided to make over son David's room
for skin diving. They do all this in their
into a guest room. Since they had built
N222 which is a Cessna 414 with pressurthe house from the ground up 12 years ago,
ization and radar. Between Sammy and her
they didn't anticipate any problems, but
husband they have a total of 75 years exthey didn't count on the toll of those 12
perience~: Sounds just great so keep on
years. Cappy says 2 days of plastering a1enjoying life, Sammy, and let us hear
most did her in. Anyway they hope to have
now and then.
it finished by the middle of Sept and will BETTY J. CLARK is still operating a FBO at
celebrate by taking a 2 weeks vacation in
Rifle, Colo and have the only woman AG
their travel trailer thru Ore and Wash.
operator in the country along with Pat
That same guest room is always available
Sullivan. Betty says she flys some to
for any WASPs .who happen to be in the Sackeep her hand in but mostly management
ramento area.
now. Been in business since '50 and love
the Newsletter.
continues to enjoy being active in aviation. Her bors are

grown now-one is married (but no info on

where he lives or what he does) and the
other is an Army Capt in Korea. Do try
to make the next reunion, Pat and Betty,
They are fun.
EMERALD DRUMMOND. Poor Emmy ...someone eliminated her from the Roster and she is sad
So I notified the Roster to put her back
and she is in good standing. This vacation Emmy stayed in Los Angeles and entertained her niece's children ages 13,

uron with 2 others. It is nice having at

least one of the children near."
JANA CROWFORD EBERLY has a bad case of Aug
harvest blues. As with most gardeners,
she got overenthusiastic at planting time
After all the weeding and hoeing, suddenly, there it is: What to do with it
all? Jana says, "the tomatoes went wild,
so I've spent several weeks putting up
preserves, juice, plain old canned tomatoes, chili sauce and the next batch
will be chutney. Next year: fewer toma12, and 7. Don't know the sex but Emmy
toes, more corn and onions." Take heart,
says they're really keen kids. They took
Jana, it sure tastes good all winter.
sailing lessons from Emmy 3 hours each
day and had a marvelous vacation.
the disappointment of learning the Reno
MILDRED D. (MICKEY) AXTON reports her Wayne
convention. was postponed, I decided I'd
has retired so they are enjoying winters
soothe my feelings by spending a few
on Gulf Coast at Rockport, Texas (you go
days in Las Vegas. What a disaster! Fithru Houston to get there, give Mickey a
nancially, that is. Our big event of the
call). Have a boat and Hondas. Hope to
past year was our Deb's Jan wedding. She
return to Europe next year and spend some
was barely 19 and it sort a hurt to "give
time. Regret to hear Mickey's mother has
her away", but she married a great guy
been ill but hcpe this finds her better.
and they really seem determined to aSo glad to hear Mickey is a Grandmother
chieve their goals. She'll graduate from
of no less than 6. Daughter lives in MinnU.S.C. next summer, making it in 3 years.
eapolis, Minn. Son in Denver is learning
She's doing this so she can help put Pat
Hang Gliding.
thru medical school. Our Margot and Don
ANN HOLADAY lost her husband to a heart
have bought a beautiful old Spanish type
attack last fall. He visited Avenger many
home in Hollywood, built in 1925 by some
times (more than any other husband)-a
movie star. I've been making needlepoint
Navy pilot, he managed to get into Sweetpillows for her and going up every Fri.
water unbelievably often-he was a dedito help her. I've become quite a stripcated WASP supporter. Our sympathy.
per (wood, that is). Helen, since I can
not thank everyone personally, I'd like
43-8 Secretary:
to take this opportunity to thank you,
P.O.Box 178, El Dorado, Calif 95623
Mary Fearey and. Mary Jones for being so
gracious in their attempts to compensate
ANDREA. SHAW-Like everyone else Andy was disfor my name inadvertently being omitted
appolnted when the reunion was cancelled
from the 1973 Roster."
but expectes to be there in '75 and "it
MARCIA WENZEL MILNER writes, "I have a
will be great to see everyone again." In
grandson. Son Philip and his wife Marla
catching up over the years Andy writes
are the parents of John C. Milner. They
"Spent 1951-58 in the WAFS which included
have been enjoying a week with us here
4 years at Hamilton AFB and 3 in England.
on the ocean in R.I. Fun to have a baby
in the house. I attended the Navan War
Enjoyed the trips to Germany very much
College in Newport, R.I. as a civilian
but England was really the quiet life:
guest during the 1974 Current Strategy
Asked to be released in 1958, went into
Forum June25-28. Subject was "Energy
Reserve (correspondence courses) and in
Crisis-Worldwide and Other Worldwide
'71 retired as an Ltc. Spent 1961-1970
Scarce Supplies". Hope to see you in Reno.
in Anchorage, Alaska as- a US Customs InFRANKIE McINERNEY WARMS-"I'm a grandmother
spectress. The work was very interesting
again. My oldest son Mike, who is a
and being with aircraft and people a
school teacher, and his wife Doty, who
"natural". Retired "early" in 1970 and
also teaches, presented us with a 6tb
built a house near Redmond, Wash--in the
120z baby boy on June 19. Of course he
woods:--and am busier than ever doing
whatever inspires me or needs doing ais beautiful-as aren't all grandbabies.
They named him Wade Michael and I just
round the house and yard. A never ending
got back from a brief stay so I could
chore list~ ~!
spoil him a wee bit. Sharon, who is in
PEGGY MacNAMARRA SLAYMAKER is looking forthe AF, is now stationed in England and
ward to seeing everybody in Reno next
'tho we miss her, she is busy covering
year. Looks as though this will be the
all of England. She's a Staff Sgt. in
best ever reunion for 43-8. Peggy writes
the weather bureau. Frances is doing
"I don't have any very exciting news. We
well in college and is still working as
still are in our home in Tiburon. Our
a nurse at the school for retarded
son graduated from Johns Hopkins in Dec.
children, I am a volunteer and visit as
and now is working for Bank of America
often as I can. I attended a WASP getin the city and sharing a house in Tibtogether at Jewel Estes home where we

HELEN TRIGG LUTS-We do enjoy the peace and

sented to the AF Museum. Jewel is a graquiet of country living, but I must admit
cious and lovely person as is her husband.
She has done a tremendous job. I hope funds my feet begin to itch when I read about
the travels of some of our gals. Since we
will somehow be raised to place one in all
can't be both world travelers and EI DorMuseums devoted to preserving our history
ado County "ranchers", guess we'll stick
for posterity."
with the ranch (anything over one acre out
DORIS WILLIAMS-Dee writes that bowling and
side the city limits in Calif. is a ranch).
golf have been taking up a share of her
We have acquired 3 dogs (2 German Sheps &
time since the spring. She bowled in the
I mixed Poodle), and a cat. A few of the
Calif State Tournament in San Francisco
pleasures of' our life-style: the first
in July and had little good to say about
the results. However she came home in time
fruit off the little trees you planted 2
yearsago, cooking bass and bluegill fresh
to win a silver tray as 1st in a golf leaout of the pond, going swimming in pure
gue in chich she had been playing. Dee also reached another goal in that she finalspring water, fresh wild blackberries for
ly, after a whole bunch of years of bowling, breakfast, learning the edible wild mushrooms and surviving, making a wild herb
got that sometimes elusive 600 series in
soup out of 26 plants, catching a glimpse
league bowling. In between golf and bowling matches Dee drives a 60 passenger bus
of a doe and her fawn in the thicket, the
for the church and the church pre-school.
bird migrations who stay awhile to bathe
in the pond and share the wild bounty, the
Dee hasn't gotten back into flying since
quail and dove who know they're safe from
her retirement from the AF but would like
guns, the kingfisher who tries to run you
to when a little more free time is availout of his pond, the red shafted flicker
able. She closes with "All is A-OK for
who sits on a branch and communicates in
Reno. Hope that you get a good turn out
small talk, the wild geese flying south in
for letters. It's so geod to hear what
the fall and north in the spring. In a wineveryone is doing."
ter storm the Ponderosa Pines sway to their
Lucien toured Greece and Turket in April
own symphony. Close your eyes and you'll
on a 16 day conference-type tour called
swear you are on the sea shore--it's the
"An Adventure in Living". They retraced
sound of a pounding surf. After a quiet
many of the Apostle Paul's journeys in
snowfall nature adorns her most beautiful
those countries. Conference leaders for
creations in diamons and ermine. Soon the
the tour included Dr. Paul Tournier, Dr.
little jewel wild flowers appear to greet
Bernard Harnik, Keith Miller, Dr. Lofton
you in the spring. And a beautiful new
Hudson and Dr. Elton Trueblood, all noted
year starts allover
again. (and all Euell
authors. Maxine and Lucien got their 1st
Gibbons can talk about is wild hickory
son when the second of their 3 daughters,
Boo, married Byron Fields of Corpus Christie on June 29. The ceremony and reception 44-1 Secretary:
were held on the lawn of the Flournoy's
716 Second St. N. W.
lake home on Lake Corpus Christi. Among
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
the many guests attending was Mary Fearey.
MARY ESTILL FEAREY-"After a year and a half
Early this year I sent out a letter to ask
of planning, Pete and I were lucky enough
how many were planning to attend the Reto be on the first trip that the ship,
union in Reno. 24 replied and 14 were
Lindblad Explorer made to the Galapagos
making plans to attend. We were disappoiIslands this past April. These islands bented when the fuel crisis cancelled every
long to Ecuador and a~e 600 miles due wes~
thing. Seems the 44-1 Fifis are leading
of the coast. The crUlse around the 13 maln, active and interesting lives.
islands took a little over 2 weeks. Most of HARRIETT KENYON CALL sent regrets that she
the wildlif7 we encountered have no. fear
couldn't attend Reno. She reported that
of man. and lt ~a~ a ~onderfu~ experlence
she is still flying, but that her grand
o~servlng D~rwln s Flnches, 19uanas and
child keeps her busy.
glant tortolses at close range: The sea
ADEL F. BEYER wrote that in additionto the
lions were everywhere on the mlles of
WASP Reunion, she expected to visit in
sho~es and sand~ b7ache~. It was such a
Iowa, Hawaii and Fla. during the month of
thr~ll to go ~wlmmlng.wlth the females and
June. Hope she achieved all her goals.
thelr pups whlle keep~ng one eye o~ ~he
MARDO CRANE is busy as Editor of the 99's
b~lls, who. are not frlendly. Surprlslng to
News Magazine. She also participated in
flnd pengulns o~ the equato~ and th~y were
dog shows and early this spring was exabundant. So enJoyed attendlng the rabucited about the 5 new Cairn pups that had
lous wedding that Maxine and Lucien Flourjust arrived. She was planning on Reno.
noy gave for one of their 3 lovely.daughDEBORAH DICKENS sent regrets that she was
ters the latter part of June-and wlth all
making plans to be in Europe during the
of the jillion details they had to attend
to, they took me in stride as a house
DOROTHY DODD EPPSTEIN reported that she was
guest. It was a magical, memorable night:
planning to attend the reunion, and also

sent a new address: 2753 Ricker St.,Richland, Mich. 49083

GENE SHAFFER FITZPATRICK, with great enthusiasm was planning to be in Reno. Gene is
looking for officer-volunteers for the
coming year--send her suggestions!!
DOROTHY E. HENRY is still in Korea and regretted that she wouldn't leave there in
time to attend the reunion.
MADELON BURCHAM HILL reported she planned
to attend the reunion.
RUTH C. JONES and IDA F. CARTER were hoping
to attend. This summer they traveled thru
the western states including Coulee Dam,
Expo 74 at Spokane, glacier National Pk.
where they saw female Park Rangers.
NADJA GADOWSKI KOSTUK reported that her son
was getting married this summer so she
didn't plan to attend the reunion. She is
also working several days a week again.
ALBERTA HUNT NICHOLSON was disappointed the
Reunion was cancelled, because she had a
plane reserved for the trip. Alberta is
active in the 99's and enjoyed the spring
meeting in Hawaii. She flew all around
Oahu and took an Air Tour over and around 8 islands. She is working as a Recreation Therapist at the VA Hospital.
ANNE NOGGLE had successful surgery on the
other lung for emphysema. She is very
happy that she received a grant thru the
San Francisco Museum to do a Women Photographers Exhibit of women from all countries. It should open next May in San
Francisco, so Anne expects to be busy
with research and travel in the months
ahead. Good luck, Anne.
MARY JERSHIN O'ROURKE reported that they
are making plans for a holiday trip, so
would have to miss Reno.
ANNE BARTHOLF RAWLINGS also couldn't make
the Reunion.
DOLORES MEURER REED reported, with enthusiasm, that she planned to attend the
Reunion and she also sent a new address
for ALICE RISS: 6400 Marshall St, Arvada,
Colo. 80003. I am wondering how Dolores
likes New Mexico?
fun at the Reunion. She regretted that
she couldn't attend.
JANE O. ROBBINS is still traveling around
the world lecturing on Christian Science
and loving it. Occasionally she has the
fun of seeing a familiar WASP face and
she considers that a special bonus in
her work.
BETTY WALL ROBERTS is still traveling for
the Cancer Society and says that she calls
up WASPs as she travels around. Really
enjoy them all, she says. She was looking
forward to seeing everyone at the Reundon.
ROSINA LEWIS TODD was going to try and crowd
the Reunion into her busy schedule.
ELEANOR HINKLE VAUGHN is now living in Tex.
Her new address is 1710 W. Gramercy Pl.
San Antonio, Tex. 78201. Her husband Ken
is Circuit Supervisor in West Central Tex.

We all wish you well in your work.

ANN HOPKINS WHITE has a new address: 13-C
Quapaw Tower, 9th at Ferry st., Little
Rock, Ark. 72202. This spring she was
working for the IRS and learning all about
taxes. She found it so interesting that
she would like to do it permanently. Anti
was hoping to get to Reno.
wrote that they were planning to arrive
early and leave late at the Reunion.
JEANETTE JENKINS - I now have a new asdress.
After my father passed away this spring, I
moved into the house where I was born and
lived all my life until that time when we
went to Sweetwater. Now having lived 20
years in the same place, moving was a
jolting experience. Since I had nothing
that couldn't be carried with four hands,
I rented a truck and decided to do a room
at a time. When the moving was over, I
could hardly believe that I put 50 miles
on that truck just going from the 300 blk.
on 3rd street to the 700 block on 2nd St.
Next time I will pack things compactly and
make fewer trips. lam still not settled
and have trouble finding things. When you
have news to send, please use the new address listed above!! I look forward to
hearing from, and seeing, each of you.
WALL ROBERTS had a mini-reunion when they
met in Denver and attended the wedding of
Betty's daughter Julie in June.
lunch occasionally. Rosie reports that she
spent the summer at home looking after her
2 sons who were home from college. This
fall she and her husband plan trips to Ca.
and the Austrian Alps.
44-2 Secretary:
56 South Chesterfield Road
Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-7367
RUTH ADAMS stopped in Columbus in July, on
her way out to Calif. to attend the Transactional Analysis International Convt. in
San Francisco on Aug 14-18, and was then
going to Oregon for 3 days of back-packing
in the high country.
JOANNE WALLACE ORR is hoping to participate
in the International Balloon Races at Mureu
Switzerland next summer, but in the mean
time is very active as a member of the Ind.
State Arts Commission, promoting all arts
and historical preservation. Her husband
Robert is Lt Governor of Indiana, in charge
of Commerce, Agriculture, Foreign & Domestic Trade, Tourism, etc.
JEAN MOORE SOARD visited her son Tom in Palmdale, Calif last summer. He works as a test
engineer for Northrup Aviation there, and
is a cum laude graduate of Northrup Institute of Technology, and is about to get
his Commercial pilot license. Jean is still
running the Cheese Cottage in Winter Park

Mall and has 2 children in college yet.

Jean was widowed last Nov. Please accept
ing Engineers. Duffy, a Welsh Terr1er,
our great sympathy, Jean.
completes their household. Apparently
FRANCES SMITH TUCHBAND is now working full
there is quite a group of WASP in the
time with the same company she had been
Phoenix area and it's nice to hear they
with on a part-time basis. Her daughter,
get together from time to time.
Sandy, is at home and her son Tom is now
DELROSE (SISSY) SIEBER is still 8 to 5ing
married and living in New York. Fran was
it at the Sieber Hotel. She and her twin
widowed last June. Our deepest sympathy
sister took a trip to Colo and Utah this
goes out to you, Fran.
summer. There is a chance that Sissy will
DORIS ELKINGTON HAMAKER is enjoying bookmake it to Reno in '75. I hope so.
keeping in an elementary school and has 13 ISABELLE McCRAE HALE is still busy reducing
year old twins at home, 3 married daughters
her 2 households down to one. Her son
and 2 granddaughters.
Mike is now Dr. Mike and is practicing in
MARY HECKMAN and her sister flew via airlines
Chula Vista. Isabelle and Bob planned a
to Spain and Portugal last ~u~e and thought
trip to Ore. and Wash. and on up the Cothey were great places to V1S1t.
lumbia River. I hope they enjoyed it.
SANDY SAUNDERS WILLSON is working for Stevens SIS TUFFIN BERNHARDT writes to day it is
Aviation at Greenville-Spartanburg
too far to try for the Reno Reunion.
in S.C. She is office manager of.the Sales
Perhaps the next one should be a little
Dept. and is getting in some flY1ng,as well. further East?
FRAN LARAWAY SMITH produces and directs the
KRIS SWAN LENT recaps for us that she had
Westbury Players Arena Theatre and works
met her husband Bob while at Sweetwater
at the Westbury Library.
and that they were married in 1945. Their
family grew to 2 sons and 2 daughters and
Southern Ill. U., a daughter K1m.Ann 1~
3 grandsons. Kris speaks gratefully of a
high school, and daughter.Karen 1n ~un10r
long and lovely marriage. She is presently
high. Marge is still work1ng as a 11brarteaching as an assistant at Sleepy Hollow
ian in an elementary school.
High School. Still enjoys flying on occaKATE LEE HARRIS ADAMS has had a P1per Chersions with friends.
okee Arrow for about two and a half years
We are most sorry to report that on 5 July
now and flew to New England last ~all ate
1974 EUNICE BOARDMAN passed away after
the peak of the autum~ leaf c~10r1ng. Sh
losing her battle against cancer. A close
has re-instated her p110t's 11cense. They
friend capsulated some highlights of her
are a 2-p~ane family as her son owns a
life for us: After WWII Eunice and her
1947 Juscombe that is 3 years older than
Doctor husband went to West Africa where
he is. Her daughter juS~ gradu~ted from
he worked for an oil company. In 1955
college withher degree 1n nur~lng:
they had the yacht Renegade built in GerMARY ELLEN KEIL just to~k her B1enn1al F:t
many and sailed in Europe and finally
Review and was procla1med ~a~able, ,des
around the North Cape of Norway in the
pite the fact that that or1g1nal p110t
North Sea. In 1957 her husband returned
"ticket" is now thirty-:-four"
years old!:'
to the mainland and Eunice was left with
She and Thelma Hench M11ler, 44~10, are
the yacht. She hired a crew of 2 Germans
flying via airlines to Puerto R1~0 on Aug.
and 1 Spaniard and set sail for the Ca21st to attend the 99's Internat10nal
Convt. being held there.
her for the trip. They sailed across the
Atlantic. Eunice had her ship captains
44-3 Secretary:
6977 Buchanan Ave.
papers then. She spent the next 11 years
San Bernardino, Calif. 92404
as a charter captain in the Caribbean on
her yacht. In 1968 Eunice sold her ReneANN RUSSELL DARR writes that she had been
gade and after spending time with her famreading her works (St. Ann ,'sGut and The
ily in Oregon (during which she bought and
Myth of a Woman's Fist) allover
fixed up a house which she then gave to
country and in England. She had an interher sister Maxine), she moved to Kauai
view appear in McCalls last year. Ann
where she bought herself a house and some
tells us she will appear in Who's Who of
land. In Kauai she extablished an Art and
American Women for 75-76. In addition she
Craft Shop (including picture framing)
had been busy with her oldest daughter
which was most successful and had people
Elizabeth's marriage to Hugh Lester and
from allover
the island coming to her.
her second daughter Deborah appearing in
She also built custom furniture for awhile.
a principal role in "Candide" on B'way.
Her good friend Grace Yoder is now carryMARGARET CHAMBERLAIN TAMPLIN tells us that
ing on with the shop. I'll leave Eunice's
her husband has retired from his work as
own words to speak a parting message:
a geologist and mining engineer (they met
"There's a venture in the voyage,
in Burma and married bak in the U.S.)
And though the seas be wide
Margaret is now working as a one-girl
The Master knows his business
office staff for Brooks & Kelly ConsultAnd there's land the other side."

ANN GIFT TUCKER DULA says she wasn't really

lost because for 25 years she had been
the Exec Sec. for the Tulare County Humane Society. Besides taking care of the
l~vestock and pets in a very large counMERIEM ROBY ANDERSON may think she is "still
ty, she has also travelled extensively
doing the same old things", but how many
thruout the world. Had a wonderful steaof you have added another buffalo heifer
mer trip last year from Bergen, Norway
to your her.d? She is a rancher and has
to Kirkenes on the Russian border. Is a
made a few horse shows. One of her horses
hcrse fancier and manages to get back to
was the National Junior Reigning Champion
Louisville, KY. or Kansas City for the
at the Natl Appaloosa Horse Show and they
Am. Royal for saddle horse shows. She
presently have great hopes for a son of
called ANABEL ERP RUSSO after reading
his now in training. She and her husband
the last Newsletter, and found her workand son planned to make the 99 Convention
ing for a law firm and living in Watsonin Puerto Rico.
ELOISE HUFFHlNES BAILEY's letters sound like
vi1lle, Calif.
her life proves that the retirement years
GREY ALLISON DUNLAP has a Cessna 180 for
are the most fun of all. They have a lake
transportation between the farm (wherehome on Possum Kingdom and seldom miss a
ever that is-she didn't say) and the
weekend sailing and fishing. She has not
outer banks of N.C. and Washington, D,C.
flown since right after WASP days which is
It is placarded "no Commercial flying or
surprising because "Huffy" checked out in
speeds in excess of 150 MPH while carryeverything there was available whe~ we
ing surfboards". Grey doesn't ride the
were stationed at Maxwell Field.
surfboard but she does fly the plane.
MARGARET DIFFIN CHURCH gave us news of our
HAZEL STAMPER HOHN is still very involved
"missing" WASP including DOROTHY HERTHin aviation activities. This past year
she has had more aviation articles pubNECK SWEENEY, LOUISE HYDE, AND PAT GIBSON
but only Louise responded to my letter.
lished, worked in Hq. of Reno Air Races,
Maggie's own news is encouraging. Her son
is librarian of the local chapter of ExBarry is gradually recove~ing from his
-perimental Aircraft Asso.(husband Werner
tragic plane crash of 2 years ago. He
is Pres.). The Hohns are building an
ME-l09, 3/4 scale, and the club is buildeven hopes to get a waiver for a helicoping a Breezy. Hazel has also just finishter license and she plans to start flying
ed her first year in college and plans
again so she can supply the footpower on
to start back packing and doing more skitoe brakes for him, which his injuries
ing now that all of her children are in
prevent his doing. That's the kind of guts
school full time. Her'in-laws are coming
and determination that makes you proud of
from Germany for their first visit to
"one of our own". Maggie is still enjoythe U.S., so she is really studying the
ing her museum technician (Jack-of-alltrades) job, and has set up an artifact
German books.
LOUISE BRAND HYDE's years as a WASP were
display at the C.E.C./Seabee Museum at
just a prelude to her future. Her last
Port Hueneme, Calif.
30 years sound like a composite adventure
MILDRED DAVIDSON DALRYMPLE-my retired husstory because it's just too much for one
band and I have reversed the traditional
person to accomplish. She has raced in
roles and we both feel liberated. He runs
the Powder Puff Derby 13 times, is on
our house and has time for all the hobbies
the Board of Directors of the A.W.T.A.R.
he never could pursue, while I find my job
and planned the race routes for 3 years,
a challenging and rewarding change of pace
was a charter member of the WACOA (Wofrom the home-and-family years. Two big
men's Advisory Committee on Aviation)
events share the special place of honor in
and served three terms, and flew the Pamy life this year - first is the birth of
our grandson (I thought we'd never get one)
cific Ocean with Betty Miller 3 years
and two is the recent tennis trophy which
ago (San Francisco, Hawaii, Canton Island, Fuji, New Caledonia, Brisbane, and
proves that even grandmothers can still
Australia) She is a real estate broker,
swing a mean racket.
Pres. of the North Salem Improvement SoCATHERINE M. D'AREZZO has a new lawyer in
ciety and Director of the North Salem
the family. Her daughter Sue received her
Historical Society and the Hammond MuLLB in May and works for the Texas Legisseum. When she can take time away from
lative Council. Her son and his wife have
real estate, she goes sailing-Palm Beach
also returned to Austin to attend the U.
Fla. to Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Left
so she is busy with family and social
Aug.15 to pick the boat up in St. Thomas
and sailed down to Antigua. A year ago
MARY MARGARET BROWN DOURDEVILLE (housewifein Hawaii, Eunice Boardman, 44-3, and
general flunky) sends regards to everyone.
Louise and 3 other ladies chartered a
Her son has another year at Fla. Institute
care(?) boat and sailed the outer isof Technology-interested
iu marine biology,
lands-Lanai, Molokai, and Maui. Eunice
but is a chip off the old block because
and her boat, Renegade, were famous for
his main hobby is hang gliding.
4211 Prickly Pear Drive
Austin, Texas 78731

many years in the Islands

and she had
sailed the Atlantic twice'(see report
in 44-3 ....ed.). Louise sadly reported
that Eunice died of cancer this summer.
JEANNETTE C. KAPUS retired from the USAF
Sept 1, 1972 as a LtCol. She took sev-'
eral college courses and is now actively
employed as a real estate broker with
Robert Frost Realty in Milwaukee-and
enjoying working with people again.
husband Howard have removed themselves
for 10 months of the year to their home
in Hilton Head Island, S.C. where they
play golf, do some herb gardening and
have recently completed a course in Seamanship and Advanced Marine Navigation.
ALYCE ~TEVENS ROHRER, our former Secretary,
prom1sed to send a picture of the plaque
she and her husband had made with all 3
sets of wings for their son when he received his pilot's wings. She sent an
SOS for help with the 44-4 secretarial
chores because she was the lucky English
teacher who got chosen to do all the paper work for her high school accreditation this year-hence a very busy Sept.
Mail was returned for MAURINE MILLER and
DORIS KLEIN OHAN. Other "lost" ones are:
one else apparently received their letters and did not respond.
44-5 Secretary:
3161 Flowerdale Lane
Dallas, Texas 75229 (214) 358-0325
GWEN CLINKSCALES LINDER is teaching biology and aeronautics at Fairmont East High
School and was featured in a newspaper
article in July on Woman's Battle Against
Sex Decrimination. Son Walt will start
medical school in Sept; daughter Barbara
has a 2-year old son; son Cody will start
at U. of Ohio. Husband Jay is still working as Chief Engineer at the Miami Conservancy District in Dayton, Ohio.
Hill in Seattle and would love to see
anyone woming thru. Here's a sketch of
what she has done since the WASP days:
CAA Aircraft Communicator, Norfolk, Va;
Civilian Army Flight Dispatcher, Wash.
D.C.; Pan American Flight Stewardess for
4 and half years; WAF-served on Okinawa
and Alexandria, La; is a Res. AF Capt;
married an AF pilot; has 3 sons: 8, 10 &
13; husband is a lawyer. Marj is delighted to learn of the coming Reno event.
MARY NESBIT HEARN and husband moved into
their new home - 8868 Merrimoor Blvd.,
Seminole, Fla 33542. They retired from
the AF in March 1973.
DOROTHY BEARD BURNS is looking forward to
the Reno Reunion; she is a co-owner of a

building and real estate business. Her

daughter Mary is married; son Bob in
graduate school; daughter Cathy is in hi
school; and husband works at Merchandise
Mart in San Francisco.
SELMA CRONAN has a new address: Apt. B-7,
20 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
07604. Selma still does a little flying,
and a great deal of work~real estate business. She is looking foxward to the Reno
reunion and more immediately to the 99
Convt. in Puerto Rico for her annual recharging of batteries.
Reno plans closely. She is Volunteer
State Representative for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.
RUTH STEEL WILSON - Ruth married the goodlooking, especially nice, pilot she met
at Minter Field and they've been quite
domestic for almost 30 years, raising a
family of 5 (1 girl, 4 boys) in the same
house in Gary, Ind for the past 20 years.
They have a "Green Grasshopper"-an old
but beautiful Stinson Voyager-that takes
them on little hops regularly either to
visit the kids or just tour the midwest.
to skiing. Muriel spent much of the summer in San Miguel de Allende-a cool, fun
place with lots of interesting avenues
of "arty" things to do.
LYNETTE BOYD MILES has a new address: 504
Lindale #23, Springfield, Ore. 97477.
Lyn will be at the next reunion. She is
a counselor at a jr. hi school and is
finishing her second Master's Degree at
the U. of Ore. She backpacks the Cascades, canoes the Ore. rivers and cposs
country skiis all winter-the closest she
has come to peace since flying. She has
an extra bedroom and invites anyone
passing thru to stop-she'd love to escort you in her beautiful outdoors.
BECKY Me SHEEHY is working part-time for
Unitours (Club Universe). Led 3 trips in
1974-South Pacific Islands, South Am,
and to the Orient (including India and
Nepal). Leaves Aug 24 for another South
America tour, including jungle headwaters
of the Amazon and Inca ruins at Machu
Picchu, high in the Andes of Peru. In
Nov. it is to New Zealand and Australia.
Between trips she cares for her 92 year
old father and gardens at their vacation
home on the Baja Coast. Becky plans to
attend the Reno Reunion.
worker in the foster care program and
hopes to retire in Sept. 1975. Carol flew
search and rescue for CAP and was able to
get a close look at some of the most beautiful country in Calif., especially the
Sierras when they have a fresh coat of
snow. She is looking forward to the Reno


in love with it and the ir new home on a
Y'ALL COME:: Lorraine also showed up at
lake. She got tired of loafing (is a lousy
the unveiling of the pla~ue to the WASP
bridge player, she says) so went to work
who died in service-at the NOW convt in
as a Sales Counsellor for the Del E. Webb
Houston-in full WASP uniform ....congrats
Development Co, builders of Sun City. Her
on that ability to stay fit ..ed.
specialty is re-sale. She would be deliPEGGY NISPEL passed away Aug 30, 1974 in
ghted to give an expecafly warm welcome
Dallas. Her obit included this little
to any WASP who might be hunting a good
story of her WASP days:
retirement spot. Her new address: 9966
"She was stationed at a training base in
Bolivar Dr, Sun City, Ariz. 85351.
Tucson, Ariz, while flying over the moun-FRANKIE BRETHERICK and her husband made a
tains during a night thunderstorm, her
trip to ~a. in May and have plans for a
plane had electical failure and she was
moter trip thru Georgia, Ala, N.C., and
forced to bailout.
After parachuting to
Tenn. in Sept. Frankie says they are
safety in the middle of southern Arizonia
"cranking up" to get their 1974-75 garden
mountains, she followed a creekbed downclub going and already working on aspring
stream, finally reaching a road after 3
flower show. She finds that the yard work
days ,of being listed as misssing."
and bicycle riding don't seem to keep her
trim so she has enrolled in a course at
the health spa. Yes, Frankie, it gets more
44-6 Secretary:
difficult every year. Frankie saw RODDY
12436. Kenny 'Dr, Granada Hills,Ca 91344
RODRIQUEZ in Sarasota where she visits
every year; also hears from MARY REINEMARY and Ed SZABLOWSKI have given up their
BERG McDARGH occasionally.
large house and swimming pool for the convenience of an apartment now that daughter MARIE PEDERSEN wrote that she had a very
routine summer. See what you think. She
Karin is in school in Tempe, Ariz and
helped take care of her roommate's 89 yr.
Mary's parents are in a convalescent home.
old mother who had hip surgery; got their
The family has done quite a bit of travelbasement organized; planted a garden; ening this past year ...Spain and Portugal
joyed mowing many times with their new
last Christmas, enjoyir.g Madrid, Seville,
electric rider mower; drilled 120 holes
and Costa del Sol, and being impressed the
to fertilize 3 ash trees; sunned some and
mosques in Alhambra. At Easter she and Ed
managed to get 5 days at Green Lake in
went to the Orient, saw the cherry blossoms
Minn. Nice hearing from you. You made
in Japan, on to Taiwan, Philippines, and
the deadline because I'm late.
Hong Kong. At the end of school they visJEAN HIXON just returned from her tour of
ited Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Isle and
duty with the USAF Reserve in which she
Cape Breton ...beaautiful country, supposis a Lt. Col, assigned to research at
edly very similar to Scotland. And this
Wright Patterson AFB. Last fall she was
month, while Ed is on a business trip to
appointed to the Women's Advisory ComSalt Lake Ctty, Mary and Karin are headmittee on Aviation to the FAA. Since the
ing for Tempe for Karin's fall semester
Ms. magazine article on the women who
passed the astronaut tests she has been
MARY and Vic HANSEN are off this week on a
involved in a number of radio and TV
round robin trip visiting relatives. First
shows including the Mike Douglas show
is Birmingham, Ala then north to Columbus,
with Billie Jean King as co-hostess. This
Ohio to celebrate Vic's mother's 85th naspring she received the Freedom Foundatal day: In June of this year they drove
tion teacher's award for her work in edup to Reno-WASP reunion, or not: -On to
ucation. Congratulations on all those
Lake Tahoe for golf, leaving money at the
marvelous honors.
gambling tables in both places. Dropped
MILLIE MacROBBIE and Mac are off again.
by Paradise Pines to visit old friends,
This summer they are traveling to England,
then topped off their trip by stopping at
Spain, Portugal and Italy, plus a few
their favorite restaurant "The Shadows"
other places they might decide to throw
in San Francisco. They also spent an evein. They usually rent a car and hit many
ning with SUE BOOTH McCLELLAN in Burlinof ~he little, out-of-the-way places, as
game and were saddened, as we all are, by
well as the main attractions, too. This
the death of Sue's husband last March.
summer they've had a young visitor from
JUSTINE WOODS returned home to Hawaii after
England, the daughter of a family from
a month of backpacking and sports around
whom they rent rooms when they are in
Aspen just in time to join a race from LaEngland. They have made many long-lasthaina to Honolulu in a 55' sloop. She says
ing friendships as a result of some of
it's a rough life: Both children are oftheir travels.
ficers in the USAF-Lynn in Thailand and
BETTY JANE WILLIAMS is now an independent
Randy in Hawaii.
commercial film producer, having departed
DOROTHY HAMMETT sends greetings to all. When
Lockheed Aircraft Corp after 20 years as
her husband retired from the FAA 2 years
ago, and she retired as a real estate broWriter-Director, Producer. She has won
over a dozen national film awards during
ker, they moved to Sun City, promptly fell

these years and is looking forward to the

excitement of new and varied programs as
an independent producer. She has just done
a sales promo flim package for the Marina
City Club, Marina del Rey, Calif. Betty
spent 6 weeks on active duty this past
July-August, 3 of them at the Pentagon on
a special tour for the Commander of Reserve Forces. Noni Anderson, 43-7, also a
Res LtCol was in Washington at the same
time and both of them were house guests
of Joan Olmsted, 44-9, who is an intelligence officer with AFHdq ..and possibly
the only WASP still on active duty. All 3
same rank ..same service in the
same beautiful 3-story townhouse in old
Alexandria, Va. It was fun sharing WASP
memories and present day situations.
LESLEY WILLIAMS and her husband have been
transfered from Ramstein, Germany to
Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Tex. where
he is CO of the Communications Sq. The 3
children are all around Jacksonville,Fla
where they plan to retire in a few yens.
1 daughter busy raising their grandchild,
the other an RN and their son a university student. Lesley has been in touch
with Dedie and hopes to see her soon.The
new address-is: 105 Jupiter, SheppardAFB
Wichita Falls, Texas 76311.

and is back in the USA with her husband.

PAT BLACKBURN BONANSINGA had a short vacation in Hawaii but did not have an
opportunity to call OPAL HICKS FAGAN.
She and GERRI BOWEN OLINGER got together
on the west coast in May and had their
own reunion. Gerri hasn't changed and
still enthused about the WASP program
and hopes to be in Reno next year. Gerri
works at a TV station so she and Pat's
husband Joe had lots in common. Sorry we

missed you on our trip west, Pat, but

Quincy isn't that far from Indianapolis.
One of these days
BERNICE FALK HAYDU and her husband Joe enjoy
both their condominium in Fla. and their
home in Blairstown, N.J. They recently
bought a Beech Baron D55 and find it easy
to commute between the two. They were flying down south to help Bee's mother get
settled in her own new home in Delray Beach. One of their sons is looking into
colleges in Fla. and their daughter is
transferring to the U. of Southern Fla.
at Tampa.
MARY BARNES STURDEVANT's notice was retur.ned
to me. Anyone know where she is?
BETTY PETTITT NICHOLAS and Esther Berner,43-3
flew Betty's Cessna 150 to Denver and Okla.
City for a two-week trip. We were royally
entertained by and happy to see Betty Jo
Reed and Carl, Frances Tanassy and Emil,
Grace Birge Mayfield in Denver, and Dottie
125 West 82nd Street
Young and Pete (he's retired from FAA),
Indianapolis, Ind. 46260
Delrose Sieber, and former Sweetwater instructor Keith Lutz and his wife Susan in
ALBERTA PASKVAN KINNEY - Our deepest symOkla. City. During our RON at St. Joe, Mo.
pathy to Berta on the death of her hus
on the way out, we met Margot Reck who inband, Frank. They were out celebrating
sisted on picking us up at our motel and
their 24th anniversary on May 19 and he
taking us to the airport. We hated to miss
suffered a coronary and died in minutes.
seeing Pat Bonansinga in Quincy, but the
MARY ANN WALKER DREHER and Frank are enweatherman's advice forced us to take off
joying retired life at San Clemente overtoo soon. We both enjoyed our trip and our
looking the blue Pacific. With children
visits and are most grateful to our friends
grown and left, their biggest decisions
in the Order of Fifinella who made it so
are whether to play golf, walk the beach
pleasant. You know Indianapolis will alor do a little flying from the airport
ways have a warm welcome for any of you
at San Juan Capistrano.
coming this way. You sure have plenty of
VELTA HANEY BENN is still flying as Chief
time to see the country in a Cessna 150
Pilot at Professional Flight Service in
and not much time to avoid the occasional
Alexandria, Va. including flight trainfast-moving weather:
ing and air taxi. Also handles corporate
pilot assignment on a Cessna 421. Is
hoping to ferry a Navaho to France in
Sept-by the time this comes out, we'll
VIRGINIA WISE wrote that she lost her Roster
know whether she made it or not.
so didn't get her request for info out in
EILEEN WRIGHT FERGUSON sent along a Reunion
time for this space. She said,"I can work
snapshot. Eileen is still teaching. -Her
up a 44-8 Newsletter and mail it out sepson made Eagle Scout rank this year, and
arately this time if necessary." Now all
has been studying auto mechanics, algebra
you 44-W-8 s tell her it's necessary::
and karate. Her mother, age 79, recently
made her way to Calif. from Baltimore for ANNE DAILEY MARSHALL meets with other Phoenix area WASP every 4 to 5 weeks for food
a visit. Not much vacation for Eileen
and gossip.
this summer; she may add onto her house.
LILA MOORE MANN - her husband recently re- PAT BRAUN O'BANNON died of leukemia at Galveston, Texas May 29, 1974. Her daughter
tired from the Los Angeles Police Dept.
Diane told Ziggy Hunter and Jewel Estes
Their daughter Lois was married in Jan;
on their visit to her hospital room the
their youngest, Helen, is still at UCLA;
day before, that one of Pat's happiest
and their oldest, Alice, has 2 children

MAGGIE GEE was in D.C. for a week this past

spring. She, Ruth Fergberg & Elaine Harmon had a great evening of chatter.
HELEN CANNON's son Robin is returning to
college in order to obtain the skills he
must have to be permitted to return to
Kenya. He spent one year there at school
and has grown to love the country. Daughter Alice graduated from U. of Nev. in
44-9 Secretary:
June. She majored in Speech Pathology.
6161 LeSourdsville-W. Chester Road
Helen was elected Pres. of the Clark Co.
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Board of School Trustees, chairman of
the Nev. Education Communication Comm.,
elected Pres. of the Winterwood Women's
in Okla where she and her husband Clay
Golf Assoc., and teaches in the Homeplan to retire in 8 years. She did her own
builders Class at her church. She cercontracting while living in a little cabin
a busy gal
they had as a vacation place while the ho- JEEP HARMAN is still overloading her scheuse was being built. She says there'll be
dule. Everyother Sunday she has open
room and an open invitation to any 44-9
house for the numerous foreign students
classmates to visit. Quote "A bucolic atshe has mothered over the years. She
mosphere indeed-5 miles from the nearest
serves homemade soup and homemade bread.
small town, but have always loved it. The
Along with this Jeep is still going to
house blends into thewoods just as we'd
school. She took Spanish & European Hishoped. I am very pleased with it, and I'm
tory this past year. She plans a trip to
sure you all will love it." Unquote. She
Spain this fall.
hopes to make the Reno reunion in 1975.
COOKIE ONESI now Mrs. LES JONES (was an AT-6
Her phone is (918) 479-8588.
instructor at Sweetwater) still offers to
NORMA DOUGLAS has kept very busy since her
rent a cottage at Lake Tahoe for all who
husband passed away March 1972. Renewed
are interested if we have the 1975 reher instructors rating Nov. '72; got her
union at Reno. Let her know if interested.
air taxi license July '73; Instrument ra- DUSTY RANSOM spent her "Reno Reunion" money
ting Feb. '74; Instrument-instructor's Ju.
in Europe this summer with husband Jack,
'74; and has been working for Douglas Avfirst but not their last, she says. Had
iation(no relative), Municipal Airport,
marvelous fun and experiences. Rounded
Macomb, Ill. since Jan.'73. Gave instruout the holidays with 2 weeks in N.C.
ment instruction in a new Bonanza A-36 to
Her summer began with Small Craft School
Fla.-l080 mile trip in 6 hours. Down on
with her daughter Charlotte where they
Fri. back on Sun. in July. Soes mostly
sailed 4 hours and canoed 4 hours a day.
flight inctruction. Always glad to hexr
Spent 10 days there, and bought a bright
from classmates, as we all are.
yellow canoe the day after they came
MARY ANN (BALDY) GORDON and husband B/Gen.
home. Char's horse does well in local
Larry Gordon are beginning their second
horse shows. Son John is now a Captain
year at Patrick AFB after 2 years at Egwith Air Florida and Director of Trainlin AFB where Larry was the Commander of
ing. Her aeronautics classes went well
the 39th Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Wing
last year, and is adding an aeronautics
Says they really used the CAP in most of
II section this ye~r . To prepare for it
their search efforts. Wonders if some of
she took a course at the local JC in the
our gals might have been involved? Since
simulator. Thinks flying the range was
they are now on the East Coast, she hopes
much easier.
the gals coming thru will look t~em up.
MAF.THA SARAGER REUEL "MARTY" is very exELAINE HARMON doing her wonderful Job of
cited about their 1st grandchild. Love
keeping "flight one" of 44-9 together all
it when they get to baby-sit often. She
these years with her "newsletters" to them.
is still working part-time in a travel
She isnow a grandmother of "the cutest,
agency and as a result do a lot of tramost intelligent grandaughter ever." Daugh-. veling herself. A week in Hawaii in May
ter Terry and husband moved bac~ from San
a week in Gutamala in July. Her husband
Diego, and is living in t~e r~t1rement
joined her in Feb for a wonderful vacahome she bought for somet1me 1n the fution thru the islands of the South Paciture. Younger son Billy has completed 3
fic. Especially enjoyed Fiji, Bora-Bora
yaars of college. Daughter Chris and her
ran a close second in their opinion.
husband are refinishing a row hou~e the~
Oldest son and his wife are leaving
purchased in a slum area near Cap1tol ~ll1. next month on a two-year sail around the
Chris is an architect and her husband 1S
world, in a 45' Mayflower ketch, and
an engineer so they have thru unsurmountalong with another couple are making the
able odds learned a new way of life how
great adventure. Hoping their money will
to survive in a jungle. After they have
last 2 yeaxs. Their last to leave home
finished, they will start on another they
Rob who is going to attend BYU in Provo
are now looking for.
Utah. Marty's husband is Vice-Pres. of
gifts had been a letter from the DallasFort Worth WASPs, sent from their get-together for a preview of the memorial plaque model on May 19, before it was unveiled at Houston. She wants the senders
to know how much a letter liKe this is
appreciated.(See further comment on Pat
in 44-10 news.)

Muriel. A visit by HENRIETTA SPECKELS SPthe Rocketdyne Div. of Rockwell InterROAT brings a hello.
national. Their big project now is the
space shuttle engine. A long way in the RUTH KITNER JURNECKA is teaching summer
school and also attending classes.
aero-space world from the long gone days
THELMA HENCH MILLER lost her husband suddenof the PT-17.
ly in Sept. 1973. Our sympathy to you,
BETTY TURNER hus had a very quiet summer
"T.K.", and we are glad you are keeping
in a busy way. Working 2 days as a Sec.
busy flying and working on Instrument
for the parish Priest, and a day or 2 a
week playing golf. Daughter Ann presentCHARLYNE CREGER has been to Russia and says
ed them with another grandson in Dec.
it was a beautiful experience, with plenty
Still have 3 children at home. Robin a
of freedom to roam and take pictures. At
Senior is back at football practuce for
the Ballet in Moscow she and her sisters
the coming season. Susan is very busy
checked 3 coats and rented 2 pairs of opshowing her horse Crafty, and dog Sherry
era glasses, and upon departure the checkat Shows and took a few ribbons at the
er would only give them 2 coats! After
County Fair. Judy the youngest, 15, enmucH ado and a call for the police, it was
joys riding her horse, and helping Sufinally decided they only had 2 pairs of
san care for the 3 dogs, cats and their
glasses. Expensive shopping limited purhorses and pony. Husband Bill is very
chases to a fur hat. Charlynewants
a set
busy as Treas. of Meiers Wine Cellar
where they are opening a new restaurant
of golf clubs with hicHory shafts-can anythis week. A very beautiful place to
one help? Will soon be working 3 jobs, one
wine and dine.
300 miles from home base.
Prior to the Sweetwater reunion notes were
We are still looking for these "lost" gals.
sent out to various WASP buddies in an atCan you help us? ANN C. BARON BELLIVEAU,
tempt to stimulate interest and rehash old
Eagle Lake, Texas. As a "wash-back" thru
44-8 & 44-9, I probably shared more primary
and MARY F. WOODWARD. If anyone knows of
experiences and people than any other traitheir whereabouts we'd appreciate any innee. The note to Pat was returned marked
formaton whatsoever. Thank you!
"expired". I had always planned to go to
Eagle Lake in an attempt to learn more a44-10 Secretary:
bout Pat's "demise". I procrastinated
22 Stadium Road
hearing the bad news until early this yr.
Methuen, Mass. 01844
I wrote to the Postmaste~ there stating
Pat was a member of this elite ~lying gpo
FRANCIE MEISNER PARK says she is short on
weekend flying students. Seems if they cafr and if it were permissible please forward
any information concerning the cause and
afford to fly they can fly during the week
date of death. An immediate reply supplied
when she is grounded on job. Son Steve has
a new address and an explanation of why my
left the nest and is a patrolman in Indenote had been returned with the word "expendence, Mo.,working on his B.A. in Crimpired" - her forwarding address had exinology. She is still trying to get her
book "Parlor Pilot" published, and some of pired - not Pat. No time was wasted, and
Pat replied immediately, but her news was
the nice rejections are even encouraging~
sad. She was diagnosed in July 1973, and
"CAPPY" MORRISON tore herself away from her
was under treatment for leukemia. I was in
Kailua, Hawaii.paradise long enuf for an
Seabrook, Texas, soon thereafter, and we
extended vacation trip on the mainland.
talked 7 solid hours. We went to the yacht
With friend Pat Leach, she dropped in on
basin the next morning and I got a few
Dallas WASP, cre~ting some instant reunpictures of her. Since her disease was
ions. ANN "ROONEY" ATKEISON, with friend
Frances Withers, hosted a pool party at
progressing so rapidly she was a patient
their Fort Worth home. Story swapping
in the research dept. of John-Sealy Hoswaxed hot with Faith "Bucky" Richards,43-4
pital, Galveston, Tex. I knew Dedie's
and friend Nancy Hoing, Jewel Estes and
brother was Dr. Lee Clark, Anderson FounZiggy Hunter.
dation for Cancer Research, Houston. I
MILLICENT PETERSON YOUNG sends hello to all.
immediately called her. She in turn got
DOROTHY NAGEL IRELAND wrote while in the
busy, arranged for M.D.Anderson facilihospital with a bout of colitis. She is
ties which Pat never was able to use. In
hoping for speedy recovery as she is planearly May I again went thru Seabrook.
ning several short golfing trips up and
Pat was with her daughter in Houston, so
down the Calif. coast. She is on the golf
I only spoke to her over the phone. She
team of her country club, plays bricge,
told me of Dedie's efforts, but she said
belongs to 2 hospital guilds, and works
she became so very ill that she was afor the Arts Council at Calif. U. She and
fraiB of even losing the time it would
Brick are new grandparents, thanks to a
take for new doctors to familiarize themdaughter in Anchorage. Christmas in Hawaii
selves with her history and treatment.
should renew friendships with Cappy and
She expired May 29. I regret the time

lost by not finding her sooner' however

Locally, Dallas that is, things haven't
am quite grateful for the littie time w~
changed since last year. I am still an
had. I had sent a copy of the last Newsunpublished author. It may be sour grapes
letter. I had notified Ziggy Hunter of
on my part, but when a publisher of many
the new address, and she visited Pat at
aviation books, with a guaranteed minimum
JOhn-Sealy 2 or 3 days prior to Pat's deorder from a book club, keeps the manumise. Strange how the lives of the WASPs
script for 8 months and then returns it
have entertwined, and after 30 years the
as not commercial and 16 others won't
closeness becomes stronger.
even accept to read I have my suspicions
RUTH REES PHILLIPS is still ranching in
as to the reason.
Mexico, and fighting a serious drought.
ZIGGY HUNTER is preparing her book "Zoot
Children are: one starting at U. of PuSuits & Parachutes" - stl)ries and exget Sound, Tacoma, Wash.; one at St Marks
periences from WASP, as they lived 'em.
in Dallas; and 2 attending public schools
Hope she has better publisher luck~
in San Antonio while boarding with a forRIG EDWARDS has sold his business and
mer English tutor. Leaves Duke and Ruth
spendshis time travelling now. Besides
"on their own", except for vacation time
seeing the USA via his Holiday Rambler
when the children bring ALL their friends.
Trailer, he has been to the NetherWe are sorry to hear your Mother passed
lands, Berlin, Moscow, Lenningrad, and
away, Ruth.
What's left for '75?
SARA PAYNE HAYDEN is still flying some,
and dusted off the cobwebs long enough
J.C,PACE is still on the Board of the world's
to make speeches to several groups on
largest airport, DFW, and in May went to
"Weather'" (New England style)
Europe for 3 weeks on a promo tour. JOHN
MARTY WYALL writes they have added another
HUETT is still in real estate investments.
son to the family-an Am Field Service
JACK RINEHART is still with Braniff.
student. from Rome, Italy who will live
HENRY ERDMANN is semi-retired, having sold
with them during his year as a senior at
his interest in Texas International. Eight
Homestead High. Daughter Martha is also
months out of '73 & '74 have been spent on
a senior. She is the last one at home,
foreign travel. He enjoyed returning to
so next year willbe different for Gene
places he had not been since he quit Pan
and Marty when they all leave-3 in colAm in 1942 to help start the WASP program.
lege and 2 working and living.away.
Henry started West and got as far as Arica
and then worked his way back East. ;e
spent some time in Indonesia. (I've misInstructors
6008 E.Univ, Blvd: Dallas, Tex.75206
placed my notes of our conversation but,
then or earlier, he was involved in acThere is one item of bad news-L.V.RUDOLPH
quiring 11 DC-3s and helping to organize
passed away in June 1973 in Berlin, Gerand airline there).
many following brain surgery. He was
ALBERTA HEAD -control tower- has kept in
flying until a month before his passing.
touch with a number of the gals, even met
with Bert Collins and Helen Schaefer,43-4,
His widow Ann, has rented Sam Huston's
house(80l Oakwood Dr., Euless, Tex 76039)
over Labor Day weekend. Alberta had an
since Sam and family have moved to Oklaarticle about Avenger Field accepted by
the Yearbook of the West Texas Historical
homa City where he is with the FAA. Sam
commuted on Week-ends for a period of
Society at Abilene.
I urge' anyone to pass on to me any addresses
they might have of Instructors not listed,
or listed inaccurately, in the Roster. Alnear San Antonio in retirement. GLEN
so any items of interest in the next year.
McCLAIN, my FIt. Com. on PTs~ li~es in,
Cleveland, Tex. and has a drlve-ln mOVle.
TOM BAKER, AT-6 Transition, is a bank
president in Nacogdoches, Tex: ELMO ~ATSeveral WASP insignia, small collar wings,
CHER lives in Houston. Bill hlmself lS
service insignia (the kind we wore on our
still with Dow Chemical and living in
shoulders instead of rank insignia-either
Lake Jackson, Tex. (IN the Lake?.ed.)
Training or Ferry Command) and beret insigRAY STOLZ wrote from Texas International
nia are needed for uniforms in museums. If
Airlines where he is Director-Training.
onyone is willing to part with some, please
Ray had a heart attack in '65 and is
mail "post haste" to Ann Holaday, 216 Wygrounded. I had asked if he knew a Saudi
anoke, San Antonio, Texas 78209.
Arabian days buddy who went with TI, he
did and passed my greetings. Small world.
Ray passed on that: CLINT HUBBARD is a
WASP Replacement Wings ..$25.00
ground school instructor in Ho~ston;
If you find it necessary to order a
HAROLD GREEN is a DC-9 Check Pllot for
pair of wings to replace those you lost,
please do so immediately. Silver costs
BROOKS has retired from TI and HENRY
ERDMAN is no longer with TI. Both live
may raise the cost after the first of
the year. Send check to Mary Jones,Treas.
in Houston.

contributed by
Peggy D. Trego 44-8,9,10.



Dr. Dora Dougherty Strother,43-3,

at work for Bell Helicopter Co.

Betty H. Gillies, WAFS, at the console of her station W6QPI. She works
the South Pole, McMurdo Sound, Pole
Station--and patches calls thru from
the guys down there to friends and
relatives up here.

Kay A. Brick, 43-3, who resigned

this year after 24 years with PPD
In this time when "politics" seems like
a dirty word, it is gratifing to learn that
one of our members is willing tQ battle for
her beliefs. Peg Helburn Kocher, 43-6, ran
for a seat in the 25th Assembly District,
N.Y. in the Sept. 10 Democratic Primary.
Promently meationed in her campaign literature, along with the activities as a Chair
woman of the North Shore Branch of the League of Women Voters as well as many civic
organizations, was
her WW II pilot status.
Although she was unable to unseat the incumberit, she did draw over 40% of the votes.
With continued encouragement from her husband Eric, Asso.Dean of the School of International Affairs, Columbia U., we hnpe she
will find "the right spot at the right time"
in the near future.

Jean Hixson, 44-6, during

her sound-barrier work at
Wright-Patterson AFB.

Barbara London, WAFS,(center) and

daughters Terry and Kris--Terry is
outstripping mother on Ratings~

Check Class News

for more on these women

Eunice Boardman, 44-3, at Waimea

Canyon, Kauai in 1972.



Ziggy Hunter, WASP instructor, in final

draft of her book, ZOOT SUITS & PARACHUTES,
would like to include one of your personal
experiences--a unique, a first, a funny, a
scary, or an interesting."other". She has
collected and woven into the story of this
WW II flying saga the personal experiences
of many WASPs both in the training phase
and on various AF Bases during service, but
knows there are many good ones she missed.
Since the book will give individual recognition to individual achievements or experiences, Ziggy would like you to identify
how you want your name to appear in the account, a narrative of the experience, all
pertinent info--such as type of aircraft,
where it happened, names of others involved,
and approximate date. If others involved
and their permission to use name needed,
Ziggy will contact them or not use the name.
Please put your writing vehicle into gear
at once and mail to Ziggy Hunter, 838
838 Havenwood, Dallas, Texas 75232. She
wants to get a 1974 publication date on it.

Pat Braun O'Bannon, 44-8,

in Houston, Feb. 1974

The wheels to the GROUND, Viv, the WHEELS:

Ann Darr, 44-3, Poetess.

This was an experience of Vivian Cadman

Eddy, 43-5, as she recalls it. She was flying the Stearman from Texas to California
and stopped for gas at Blythe. "I was taxiing too fast, hit the brakes too hard, and
flipped over. It was 100 percent pilot error, and I said so. The court of inquiry
thought one of the brakes locked and let
me off. Why was I in such a hurry? After
four hours in the cockpit I wanted to get
to the powder room!" A helpful colleague,
fearful of fire from the ruptured gas tank,
ran up and yanked loose Vivian's seat
belt. "I dropped like a rock to the concrete right on my head-resulting in a big
bump and severe headache." (she didn't say
if she found the "powder room" ....ed.)

Phoenix-area mini gathering of Betty

Blake, 43-1; Anne Marshall, 44-8;
Gerry Nyman, 43-1; Brownie Kindig,43-1
Ina Petch, 44-4; Ruth Petry, 44-2.

Center plaque reads, "Presented by his

parents to Lt. Glenn W. Rohrer in Proud
Commemoration of his graduation from
Pilot Training 12 May 73."
Dad's wings on top, 5 Dec 43
Alyce's WASP wings, 23 May 44

Teresa James, WAFS, with Opa Locka

flite instructor Ann Kaskel, about
to be a Navy Flight Trainee.

Vivian Eddy, 43-5 and Lola Ricci, 43-6,

enjoyed a few sunny days in Seattle
discussing old times-the inclusion of
the cat may be appropriate.


Get Prez Nancy Crews to tell how she
joined up--that Alabama drawl must have
floored them when she showed out of nowhere(actually, Fla.) at New Castle AB,
Del. and said,"Heah Ah am to join the WAFS,
Ah read about it in th' newspapers.~ ....
Many WASP have shown interest in knowing
more about our "parent organization", the
WAFS, so the Reno Reunion Committee is
gathering info and trying to get committments from as many as possible to join us
in June item buried in the class
news reads that JoAnne Wallace Orr, 44-2,
is very busy on the political scene as
the wife of the LtGov of Indiana ....And
how many know that the OofF had its start
before deactivation at Maxwell Field by
the WASP there? ...Ballots for new officers will be mailed with Reno Reunion info ..
If you can't remember if you sent a dues
donation, you probably didn't:: Send it
now--anything over $4.99 is needed to keep
the News & Roster in print ...since the
Sweetwater Reunion 27 color slides, copies
from the personal collection of Lillian
Yonally, 43-7, have been added to the 247
available on loan from Wright-Patterson
AF Museum. Anyone wishing to donate copies
or originals, contact the Museum or Dora
Strother ....Mail change-of-address ASAP to
Sec/Treas Mary Jones. 10% of you move each
year and we waste a lot of postage trying
to follow you ....Lola Ricci, editor .....