Kathryn E. Doyle


Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Longtime Fairbanks and Anchorage resident Kathryn E. "K" Doyle died in Hilo, Hawaii on March 31, 2004 following a lengthy illness.

A memorial picnic will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at 3831 Aircraft Drive in Anchorage.

Mrs. Doyle was born July 13, 1920, in Elkton, S.D. She earned her commercial pilot's license at age 20. Having a child, she was disqualified from flying for the Women's Air Transport in 1942, but she did fly for the Civil Air Patrol in Iowa and Minnesota. She became a stewardess for Northwest Airlines in 1945 on a DC-3 Aircraft, followed by the DC-4, DC-6, and Boeing Stratocruiser.

She worked Northwest's first overseas DC4 flight from Anchorage to Chitose, Japan via Shemya AFB in 1947. After several years in Anchorage she moved to Fairbanks and in March of 1951 hired on as a Wien Airlines DC-3 stewardess, followed by all their ensuing passenger aircraft: C46, DC-4, F-27, Lockheed Constellation, B-737, and B-727. For Wien she also served in the capacity of chief stewardess and as ground and inflight instructor until her retirement in 1984. During her career she flew into many airports across the state, including Kenai,where she had many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Matilda Cassidy, and former husbands, Robert Pedersen and Francis Dobbs. Her remains will be scattered over the Alaska Range in the Mount Sanford and Mount Drum area.

Survivors include her husband, John Doyle of Anchorage; sister, Ann Crowley of Iowa City, Iowa; daughter, Maureen and son-in-law Dennis Holden of San Mateo, Calif.; one grandchild of Fairbanks and two residing in Arizona; three stepsons, Gregory, Douglas and Sean; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that remembrances be made in Mrs. Doyle's memory to the Kathryn E. Doyle Scholarship for Women in the Sciences, established in 2002, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, c/o Kim Davis, UAF Development, P.O. Box 7557530, Fairbanks, AK 99775 or call (800) 823-4483 for more information.

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