Geraldine Doyle, inspiration for
“rosie the riveter,” dies
A memorial service was held January 8 for
Geraldine Doyle, who said her photo was the
inspiration for a popular poster lauding the ef-
forts of working women during World War II.
Doyle died in January in Lansing, Michigan.
She was 86. A war production committee used
Doyle’s likeness from a photo taken when she
was a 17-year-old operating a metal-stamping
machine at Ameri-
can Broach & Ma-
chine Co. in Ann
Arbor. The head-scarf-wearing woman flexing her
biceps in the “We Can Do It!” poster encouraged
women to enter the workforce. The poster and Nor-
man Rockwell’s similar painting of a female worker
followed a popular song titled “Rosie the Riveter”—
a name given to women working in plants during the war.
Doyle, a cello player, actually worked in the factory only a couple of weeks,
her daughter said; she quit after learning that the woman she had replaced
had injured her hand on the metal press.
erica Dugger (WAI #46310) is the WAI
Houston Chapter’s first annual scholarship winner. Dugger holds a CFII and
recently began her new position as a
flight instructor at The Flight School in
the Houston area. Dugger also serves
as chapter secretary and is certainly a
valuable addition to the chapter.
Dayna Gamble (WAI #44885), was
hired by Jazz Airlines to fly Dash 8s and
is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Megan Goddard (WAI #8588), after
creating a Safety Management Systems
(SMS) program for the Salmon Arm Airport, moved on to Pacific Coastal Airlines and flies as a captain and is based
in Vancouver, B.C.
Tanis Herriot (WAI #28833), was promoted to be an Approved Check Pilot
for Central Mountain Air and is the
first female to hold this position at her
Caroline Kolasa (WAI
#14048), was hired by a corporate flight department,
InfinitAir, as a King Air
Captain and is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bette Lawrence-Water (WAI
#42680), Chapter Vice Presi-
dent of the Chicago’s Lead-
ing Edge, was recently
elected President of the Af-
rican American Leadership
Roundtable, Inc. Founded
in 2000, the AALR is an all-volunteer,
nonprofit, nonpartisan organization,
whose mission is to build leadership,
increase awareness, and create collab-
orative opportunities to enhance the
overall wellbeing of African Americans
and the community.
Jen Melvin (WAI #17419) was promoted from Senior Underwriting Assistant
in Corporate Aviation to Underwriter for
Pleasure and Business Aviation at Phoenix Aviation Managers Inc.
Dolores Pavletic (WAI #40898), made a
presentation on “Producing the Professional Pilot” to the Chicago Bar Association Aviation Committee in November.
She discussed hot topics in the airline industry and
some of the proposed changes to
commercial pilot certification
and hiring. The
also available as a
Joanna Peto (WAI
ed her first solo in
to annette Weimer (WAI #44457), recipi-
ent of the “Walmart Brighter Futures
Project Grant.” She received training
and $2,000 from the Walmart Founda-
tion and partner, the League for Inno-
vation in the Community College. The
funds are for tuition, books and other
expenses associated with continuing education. The training focuses on jobs requiring 21st century skills in an effort to
provide a promising career future. In addition to specific job training, she will
receive career counseling and job acquisition skills such as job search, résumé
writing and interviewing techniques.
“Kay” Catherine Marie roam (nee Doherty)
(WAI #138), age 72, died in her sleep
December 28, 2010. A retired pilot,
flight instructor, weather forecaster,
book-lover, she was a self-described
“tough old bird.” Roam graduated from
the University of Minnesota with a de-
gree in chemistry. She married Gary
Roam and they have three sons—Mi-
chael, Karl, and Daniel—and five grand-
children. Aviation was her passion, and
she joined WAI, was a search pilot for
the Civil Air Patrol, and a member of the
Ninety-Nines. Gifts in her memory can
be made to Women in Aviation, Inter-
national or to a charity of your choice.
Notes with memories of Kay would be
appreciated: c/o Karl Malamud-Roam,
817 Kearney St., El Cerrito, CA 94530. ✈