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LUCILE M. WRIGHT IS DEAD AT 89; WAS FEMALE PIONEER IN AVIATION

A memorial service for Lucile M. Wright, a pioneer in American aviation and a longtime resident of Jamestown, will be held Saturday in Cody, Wyoming.

Mrs. Wright, 89, of Cody, was the widow of E.G. Winkler, a Buffalo doctor she met as a Civil Air Patrol courier during World War II. She later married John H. Wright, former president of Jamestown Telephone Co., now Alltel of New York. He died in 1951.

Mrs. Wright, who died June 12, 1990, in Cody, also was a treasurer of Jamestown Telephone for 35 years.

A native of Montana, Mrs. Wright was taught to fly in 1922 by the famous pilot Col. Billy Mitchell.

She became one of the nation's first female fliers and was a friend of another aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart.

During World War II, she was a courier for the Civil Air Patrol while living in Buffalo, and it was on a delivery to Jamestown that she met Wright, also an aviation enthusiast.

Mrs. Wright was awarded the Amelia Earhart Medal three times. In 1965, she was named the Woman of the Year in Aviation by the National Aeronautical Society.

The Chautauqua County airport museum is named in her honor.

A member of the women pilots' group the "99's," she flew a number of times in the Powder Puff Derby.

Mrs. Wright headed the Jamestown Airport Commission for many years. She helped found the Jamestown Girls Club and was active in the Zonta Club.

She graduated from law school but never took the bar examination. Instead, she went on to become the first medical photographer in New York City. In the 1940s, she established the photography department at the old Buffalo City Hospital.

Mrs. Wright left Jamestown to live in Cody in 1977.

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