June 03. 2003 6:01AM|
June 3, 2003
Ex-pilot, professor dies at
Landry "Katty" Steele of Gainesville died Friday. She was
Dr. Steele was born in Marquette, Mich., and moved to
Florida in 1945. She was the retired associate director of the
Office of Instructional Resources at the University of Florida. She
was also a former university professor and a pilot.
She was a
graduate of Northern Michigan University and the University of
Florida, where she received a Ph.D. in education. After the bombing
of Pearl Harbor in 1941, she left a teaching job to work on a
defense project at Ford Motor Co. in Detroit.
college, she completed the Civilian Pilot Training Program and
received a private pilot's license. In 1943, she enlisted in the
U.S. Army Air Corps with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
and served with the 3rd Air Force, 369th Tow Target Squadron, in El
After the war, she settled in Miami and
continued her career in aviation. She taught flying at several
airports in the Miami area and also worked as an acrobatic pilot
with World Air Shows.
She later served as associate professor
at the University of Florida, where she began teaching full time in
1968. She retired from the Office of Instructional Resources in
1987, after serving as its associate director for 12
She was a member of WASP WWII Inc., a veteran's
organization, Women Military Aviators, The P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot's
Association, Women in Aviation International, Experimental Aviation
Association and Altrusa Club of Gainesville.
She was an
She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Steele of
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral