Around Aspen: Celebrations |

Around Aspen: Celebrations

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHAt the celebratory tea honoring her award of the Congressional Gold Medal, Betty Pfister is surrounded by her daughters. Left to right are Christine, Nancy and Suzanne.

Aspenite Betty Pfister was honored Sept. 4 at a high tea at the Maroon Creek Club because she was named a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. She later traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive it. Ruthie Brown was also awarded the medal but was not well enough to attend the tea or go to Washington. The celebration was organized by Betty’s daughter, Suzanne Pfister. Her other daughters, Nancy and Christine, also attended, as did many friends.

Betty and Ruthie were given the medals in recognition of their service as pilots in the WASPS, Women’s Air Force Service Pilot division during World War II. They were among the1,002 WASPS who graduated from the rigorous training. Betty was in the ferrying division, transporting planes from one place to another and testing repaired planes damaged in combat. LIving in Aspen since the early 1950s and continuing her flying, she founded the Snowmass Balloon races, organized the Pitkin County Air Rescue group in 1968, and was responsible for building the heliport at Aspen Valley Hospital. She flew airplanes, helicopters and balloons.

Archer Wortman Bishop IV was christened Sept. 6 at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen and then a luncheon was held at the home of his grandparents, Sandie and Archer Bishop II. Parents of the baby are Ashley and Archer Bishop III. Grandfather Dr. Archer Bishop II is president of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.

A freshman at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., is Hayley E. Ross of Aspen, the daughter of Pamela S. Ross and Frank D. Ross. The class, selected from an applicant pool of 7,800, numbers 750 students.

Part-time Aspenite Rita Blitt is exhibiting her paintings at two institutions, at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and at the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greenburg, Kan.

Undercurrent … It’s time to lay in your winter’s supply of firewood for the fireplace.

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