Those We Lost
Moore is survived by his brother, two sons and two daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Elinor Smith 1911-2010
Born Elinor Patricia Ward on Long Island in 1911, Elinor Smith Sullivan was one of the youngest pioneers of aviation and part of the group of women that made a name for themselves flying airplanes in the first half of the 20th century. She died March 19 at age 98 in a nursing home in Palo Alto, California.
Smith’s father, Tom Ward, was a vaudeville performer who changed the family name to Smith as there was already a Tom Ward in vaudeville. Due to a severe dislike of trains, he traveled by airplane and took Elinor on her first flight as a child. Her father took aviation lessons and purchased a Waco 10 biplane, which Elinor learned to fly. She made her first solo flight at age 15 and earned her pilot’s license at 16. Quickly gaining a public following and corporate sponsors, she set a record for women’s solo endurance flying at 13.5 hours in January 1929, then broke it with a 26.5 hour flight just three months later. She also set and broke the women’s altitude record, first at 27,419 feet in 1930 and then at 32,576 feet within a year. This latter flight nearly killed her when she lost consciousness during landing after motor trouble on the Bellanca monoplane.
Smith married Patrick Sullivan II, an ex-New York State assemblyman, who died in 1956 after 23 years of marriage. She is survived by a son, three daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Patricia Travers 1927-2010
Patricia Travers, child prodigy violinist who appeared at age 11 to solo with the New York Philharmonic, died February 9 at age 82 of cancer. At age 13, she starred in the Hollywood comedy There’s Magic in Music, and in her early 20s recorded Charles Ives’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano with Columbia Records. She played with the London and Berlin Philharmonics as well as the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and was heard often on national radio.
In the early 1950s, she withdrew completely from public performances and lived quietly with her parents well past her middle age. She never married or had children, and her death, in a Montclair, NJ nursing home was confirmed by her lawyer, John Sullivan.
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