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Name: Hurt Powers, Doris (1927 - 2009)
Variant Name: Dodie Powers


Historical Note: Doris Hurt Powers, known as “Dodie,” started flying at the age of 14 and received her commercial and flight instructor ratings by the time she was 20 years old. After starting college as a music major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she transferred to Purdue University to join the first class of the new School of Aeronautics, graduating in 1945. Powers continued to teach flying in various capacities while living a globally mobile army family life with her husband and three children. After her husband’s retirement from the army, the couple started two businesses together and Dodie started her own product research and development company called Shielding Technologies, Inc. Powers served on many boards and committees, was a fellow of the Society for Women Engineers, was recognized as a Purdue “Old Master” in 1995, and received the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer award in 2006. Doris Hurt Powers passed away in February of 2009.
Sources: Materials within the collection.
Note Author: Jonnie McConnell





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