Feik retired from the National Air and Space Museum’s Paul E. Garber Restoration Facility as a Restoration Specialist, where she taught the restoration of antique and classic aircraft and participated in aircraft refurbishment and the construction of reproduction WWI aircraft. Since 1982, Feik has shared her experiences in aviation history with today’s youth as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and more than 24,500 Civil Air Patrol cadets have earned the esteemed “Mary Feik Achievement Award.” At her own expense she has traveled throughout the United States speaking to countless groups on her career in aviation, and has added greatly to the process of educating young people about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
“The Katharine Wright Trophy was established 30 years ago to acknowledge the important role that women have served in aviation. We are extremely proud to award the Katharine Wright Trophy to Ms. Feik and Ms. de Groh for their outstanding careers in aviation and aerospace,” said NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney.
“The Ninety-Nines are very proud to participate in the selection of the Katharine Wright Trophy winners. The many outstanding candidates are a testament to the important contributions these women have made in aviation and aerospace. Congratulations to Ms. de Groh and Ms. Feik on their outstanding achievements,” said Ninety-Nines President Martha Phillips.
In addition to Mr. Gaffney and Ms. Phillips, members of the Selection Committee included Ninety-Nines Past President (and NAA Board Member) Pat Prentiss; Lisa Piccione, Senior Vice President for the National Business Aviation Association; and Andrew Broom, Division Director, Corporate Communications, Honda Aircraft Company.
The trophies will be presented at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
The National Aeronautic Association is a non-profit, membership organization devoted to fostering America's aerospace leadership and promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States.
The Stinson Award recognizes a living woman for an outstanding and enduring contribution in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space or related sciences.
The award is presented annually for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States.
The Ventura County 99s have established a "Remembering Vicki" web site at http://ennect.com/e808 as a tribute to Cruse and a way for the aviation community to contribute to the scholarship.