Lois Maxine Dobbin Auchterlonie

April 14, 1917March 24, 2013
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Lois Maxine Dobbin Auchterlonie, 43-W-8 Lois Maxine Dobbin was born April 14, 1917 on a farm East of Viola, Kansas to Thomas M. and Alma R. Dobbin. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Lois graduated from East High in Wichita, Kansas and later attended Wichita State University, where she was President of the Delta-Omega Sorority in her senior year. In 1941, while still enrolled in college, she had the opportunity to take the CPT (Civilian Pilot Training) program. After earning her Bachelor's Degree and her civil private pilot's license, she went to work at Boeing's Stearman Plant in Wichita. It was there she heard about the WASP program to train women pilots to fly military aircraft. Lois applied and was accepted for military flight training in class 43-8. In 1943, she paid her way to Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, to enter the Army Air Force training program for women pilots. Of the 95 women pilots who entered class 43-8, Lois was one of only 48 who successfully completed the six months of training and graduated. After earning her silver WASP wings, Lois received her official AAF orders, sending her to Williams Field, Arizona for duty as an AT-6 engineering test pilot. During her career as a WASP, Lois flew the PT-17, PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, UC-78, AT-9 and AT-11. Her dedication and service, together with that of the other Women Airforce Service Pilots, released hundreds of the Army Air Forces desperately need male military pilots for combat duty. After the WASP were deactivated, Lois built a career around aviation-related jobs: working in flight schools; writing pilot flight manuals at North American (AJ-1 and XA25-1); working as a secretary for an aircraft parts service company in Wichita; and eventually working for over thirty years as a technical editor and proposal coordinator for Raytheon in Massachusetts. In 1981, Lois became a charter member of the Women Military Aviators (WMA), and organization that included both WASP and other women military pilots. She helped write the original by-laws and continued networking with members from various flying branches of the military for many years. Lois enjoyed flying her own Cherokee 180 for over twenty years. She was very active in the Ninety Nines (International Civilian Women Pilots) organization, and helped manage the All-Women New England Air Race for several years. She flew co-pilot in the 1961 Powder Puff Derby from Calgary, Canada to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in 1972, Lois entered and won the All-Women New England Air Race. Lois met her husband, Charles Auchterlonie in college. Later, they married and made their home in Acton, Massachusetts until Charles retired. In 1987, the couple moved to Anacortes, Washington. They were married for 32 years. After she lost her husband, Lois spent her time fostering cats needing new homes, as well as serving as the volunteer treasurer at the church thrift shop and treasurer for a church women's group. She remained active in the local community club as well as playing a few rounds of golf. However, she referred to attending the WASP and EMA reunions as ""The highlight of my year." In 2010, Lois, together with her sister WASP, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her service as a pilot during World Way II. Lois passed away peacefully on March 24, 2013 following a fall at her home in Snohomish Washington. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother. She is survived by brother-in-law, Kenneth Aughterlonie and numerous nieces and nephews.


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August 22, 2014

Lois is the daughter of my grandfather's (Joe Porter) sister. I met Lois many years ago while she was visiting him at his home in Viola. As a fellow veteran, I to hold her service in high regard. I would very much appreciate contact from other Porter descendants interested in sharing family information.

Ron Porter
12906 W Alderny St
Wichita, KS 67235

Laura Auchterlonie

April 25, 2013

It was an honor to attend Aunt Lois' Memorial Service in Everett. The beautiful video of her life and the Honor Guard's ceremony were a wonderful tribute to her life and accomplishments. We will always remember her.

Debbie Cooper

April 16, 2013

It was such a honor to have known this special lady. She had a special place in my family's hearts. We have enjoyed every minute we spent with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May they find comfort from the wonderful memories they have of this special lady who has taken her last flight to be with The Lord and with those she loves. We love you Lois! Thank you for touching our lives.

Sandra Smith

April 12, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Lois, she will be greatly missed. May you cherish your memories of her as you seek comfort and peace from God at this time of sorrow. Psalms 68:19.

Lois Cain

April 3, 2013

I remember Lois and always admired her, she and my dad, John Robert Barnett, were first cousins. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.


April 1, 2013

Aunt Lois was an amazing woman and I'm sure God has given her a new set of wings for a new adventure in flight. She is at peace.

Catherine Maneri

April 1, 2013

It has been a true honor to meet some of Lois's family and hear her life story. What an amazing woman and patriot.

Harry Simpson

April 1, 2013

Rest Lois, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.


April 1, 2013

My condolences to the family for your loss. During this time may you find comfort in drawing close to God in prayer. Jeremiah 29:13

Leann Bird

April 1, 2013

I wish to thank this family for sharing such a great woman. I salute her endless contributions to further women's roles and rights in this country. Her service to her country is admired and I am very grateful. Lois was obviously a very great lady.