Stinson, Katherine, 1891-1977

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Dates:
Birth 1891-02-14
Death 1977-07-08

Biographical notes:

Kathrine Stinson was born 1891 in Fort Payne, Alabama. She developed an interest in aviation and became one of the first woman air pilots in 1912. She met her husband, Miguel A. Otero, Jr., while recuperating from tuberculosis in Santa Fe, NM.

From the guide to the Katherine Stinson Pictorial Collection, 1850-1969, (University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research)

Air pilot, stuntflyer; interviewee married Miguel A. Otero.

From the description of Reminiscences of Katherine Stinson : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122569772

Katherine Stinson was born February 14, 1891, in Fort Payne, Alabama. Stinson made history as one of the first women pilots in the world. She was an early pioneer in American aviation, and set numerous long-distance flying records. At age 19, Stinson was the fourth woman to obtain a U.S. pilot's license (1912). She was the first woman to skywrite, to loop-the-loop (1915), to fly as a U.S. mail carrier, to fly over London, and to fly in the Orient, where she conducted a barnstorming tour. Stinson was the first person of either gender to record a night flight, and to perform night skywriting. In 1913 Stinson co-founded the Stinson Aviation Company with her mother, and designed and built aircraft. She was also the first woman to own and operate a flying school, the Stinson School of Aviation in San Antonio, Texas (1915). Kate and her younger sister Marjorie trained over 100 people to fly, including Canadian pilots who flew with the RAF/RCF in World War I. Denied permission to enlist in the U.S. Army during WW I, Stinson drove an ambulance in London and on the front lines in France. Stinson was the first female engineering graduate of North Carolina State University (1941), the first female engineer hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (Stinson had a 32-year career with the CAA), and founded the Society of Women Engineers. Stinson developed tuberculosis in the 1920s and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1928, Stinson married Miguel A. Otero, Jr., the son of former New Mexico Territorial Governor Miguel Otero. Katherine and Miguel raised four adopted children (Katherine's brother Jack's children). Although Stinson Otero had no professional training as an architect, she acquired an affinity for Southwest architecture and began designing notable private residences in Santa Fe in the Spanish Pueblo Style, becoming an award-winning home designer. Stinson Otero's approach to architectural design was highly unconventional; she drew only informal design-level plans for the homes she created. Additionally, she walked around the construction site with her workmen, pointing out to them where she wanted the walls constructed as work progressed. Stinson Otero died at age 86 at her home in Santa Fe on July 8, 1977, and is buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery. Other noteworthy Stinson Otero residences include houses she designed in the Plaza Chamisal off the Acequia Madre in Santa Fe, including the principal residence she shared with her husband, and the Dorothy McKibben house on Old Santa Fe Trail.

From the description of Katherine Stinson Otero drawings and plans, 1928-1938. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 144610579

Katherine Stinson was born February 14, 1891, in Fort Payne, Alabama. Stinson made history as one of the first women pilots in the world. She was an early pioneer in American aviation, and set numerous long-distance flying records. At age 19, Stinson was the fourth woman to obtain a U.S. pilot’s license (1912). She was the first woman to skywrite, to loop-the-loop (1915), to fly as a U.S. mail carrier, to fly over London, and to fly in the Orient, where she conducted a barnstorming tour. Stinson was the first person of either gender to record a night flight, and to perform night skywriting. In 1913 Stinson co-founded the Stinson Aviation Company with her mother, and designed and built aircraft. She was also the first woman to own and operate a flying school, the Stinson School of Aviation in San Antonio, Texas (1915). Kate and her younger sister Marjorie trained over 100 people to fly, including Canadian pilots who flew with the RAF/RCF in World War I. Denied permission to enlist in the U.S. Army during WW I, Stinson drove an ambulance in London and on the front lines in France. Stinson was the first female engineering graduate of North Carolina State University (1941), the first female engineer hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (Stinson had a 32-year career with the CAA), and founded the Society of Women Engineers.

Stinson developed tuberculosis in the 1920s and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1928, Stinson married Miguel A. Otero, Jr., the son of former New Mexico Territorial Governor Miguel Otero. Katherine and Miguel raised four adopted children (Katherine’s brother Jack’s children).

Although Stinson Otero had no professional training as an architect, she acquired an affinity for Southwest architecture and began designing notable private residences in Santa Fe in the Spanish Pueblo Style, becoming an award-winning home designer. Stinson Otero’s approach to architectural design was highly unconventional; she drew only informal design-level plans for the homes she created. Additionally, she walked around the construction site with her workmen, pointing out to them where she wanted the walls constructed as work progressed. Stinson Otero died at age 86 at her home in Santa Fe on July 8, 1977, and is buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Other noteworthy Stinson Otero residences include houses she designed in the Plaza Chamisal off the Acequia Madre in Santa Fe, including the principal residence she shared with her husband, and the Dorothy McKibben house on Old Santa Fe Trail.

From the guide to the Katherine Stinson Otero Drawings and Plans, 1928-1938, (University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research)

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Subjects:

  • World War, 1939-1945--Women
  • Stunt flying
  • Politicians--New Mexico
  • Baca, Elfego, 1864-1945
  • Architecture--New Mexico--Santa Fe
  • Architecture
  • Aviation
  • Architecture--New Mexico
  • Aeronautics
  • Architecture--Southwest, New
  • World War, 1914-1918--Women
  • Dissett Mary E
  • Air pilots--Interviews
  • Women in aeronautics--New Mexico
  • Women air pilots--Interviews

Occupations:

  • Architect

Places:

  • Southwest, New (as recorded)
  • New Mexico (as recorded)
  • New Mexico--Santa Fe (as recorded)