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McKeown, Dora Dougherty Strother PhD., Lt. Col, Res Dora Dougherty Strother McKeown, PhD., Lt. Col, Res, Retired Formerly of Ft Worth Texas passed away on November 19th. She was born in St. Paul MN, and lived in Garden City Long Island NY, and Winnetka IL before moving to Fort Worth. After marriage to her second husband, they spent time in both Ft. Worth TX and Sumter , SC. She is predeceased by husbands, Lester Strother and Harry McKeown; her parents, Jonathan and Lucile Dougherty, and her brother John Ward Dougherty (Jean). She is survived by her brother Maynard Dougherty (Marcia) Stratford, CT; and numerous nieces and nephews; and four step children. Dora was accepted in the W.A.S.P. program during WWII. She was part of the class of 43-w-3. She ferried planes, towed targets, and flew drones before she, along with Didi Moorman was asked by Col. Paul Tibbets to learn how to fly the B-29 bomber. Dora and Didi showed the much maligned bomber was "So easy to fly that even a women could do it." After their brief exhibition, Dora went on to be part of the 509th Composite. Col. Tibbets said that she was one of the best multi-engine pilots he had ever flown with. The WASP did not get the GI bill since they were considered civilians at the time. Dora worked her way through school. Dora received her AA from Cottey College, PhB from Northwestern, MS from University of Illinois and PhD from NYU. Dora worked for Bell Helicopters from 1962 until 1986. She set two world flight records for Rotorcraft in Altitude and distance from 1961 until 1966 when they were broken. She was the 6th female in US to earn Airline Transport Certificate. She was the 27th woman in the free world to earn a helicopter rating. After 20 years in the Air Force Reserve, she retired with the rank of Lt. Col from 9823rd Air Reserve Squadron, Ft. Worth, TX. She was a licensed psychologist in the State of Texas; a founding fellow of the Human Factors Society of America; member of numerous psychology, aviation associations, and philanthropic organizations. Celebration of Life will be Dec 7th, 2013 at Blount and Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel Tampa FL at 2:00 pm. Final internment will be at Arlington hopefully in the Spring 2014. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dora favorite scholarships or a charity of your choosing. Amelia Earhart Scholarship Fund of 99's Inc., 4300 Amelia Earhart Rd., Will Rogers Airport, Oklahoma City, OK 73159-1140 or The P.E.O. Foundation c/o The PEO Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2013
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