Death of Edith "Jackie" Ronne

October 13, 1919 - June 14, 2009
Bethesda, Maryland | Age 89

Last-Minute Whim Began a Long Antarctic Stay for First Known U.S. Woman on the Continent
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The following article courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

By STEPHEN MILLER

A rare female in a formerly all-male bastion, Edith Ronne was the first known American woman to set foot in Antarctica and one of two women who were the first to spend the winter on the southernmost continent.

Ms. Ronne, who died Sunday at 89, ended up in Antarctica more or less by accident, when her husband, Antarctic explorer Finn Ronne, insisted at the last minute that she accompany...

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