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Historical Profile Series: Gale Brownlee, Dauntless Aviatrix

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“Gale Brownlee – Dauntless Aviatrix” is the third in a series of historical profiles from the Ulster County Clerk’s Office. Gale (Feeley) Brownlee was born and raised in Woodstock, New York, the granddaughter of renowned Woodstock physician Dr. Mortimer B. Downer. Throughout her career, she worked as a model, fashion designer, photographer, pilot, real estate broker, environmentalist, and activist. She was instrumental in creating the heliport at the former Benedictine Hospital and bringing the first Hospice program to Kingston. She advocated for environmental protection in and around Ulster County, flew fire watch in the Catskills and spear-headed fundraising for many important community programs. In celebration of National Aviation Day on August 19 and Women’s Equality Day on August 26, this historical profile will be on display at the Persen House for the month of August.

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The Matthewis Persen House
  • 74 John St
  • Kingston, NY 12401