Obituary -- Hazel Marjorie Hohn

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A memorial service for Hazel Marjorie Hohn, 79, a Carson City-Reno area resident for the past 43 years, will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Fountainhead Four-Square Church, south of in Carson City.

Mrs. Hohn died Jan. 15, 2002, in Reno. She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She moved to Reno in 1959.

Mrs. Hohn was selected as one of 1,073 women to serve as a Women Airforce Service Pilot in March 1943. During her World War II military service, she flew B-24, B-26, PT-19, PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, UC-78, L-3, L-4, AT-16, BT-15 and AT-19. As a WASP, she was a test pilot, ferried pursuit planes and bombers across North America, taught male trainees how to fly and towed targets for combat gunnery practice. She was very involved in getting the GI Bill Improv ement Act of 1977 passed. This bill recognized the WASP military service so they might receive veterans rights.

After her military service, she continued to be involved in aviation. She spent many years working with local aviation groups that included the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 403, the Liberator Club, Ninety Nines, Air Force Association, Combat Pilots Association, B-26 Marauder Men Club, the Women Military Aviators, Inc. and the women's memorial dedicated to all women who have served in the military. She worked with the Reno Air Races for 34 years. She was a member of the Christian Science Church in Reno.

She was also a writer, publishing many articles, poems, books and stories. All of her children's writing is in a Hazel Hohn Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi De Grumond Juvenile Collection.

Among her survivors are her sons Jim Kulik of Portland, Ore. and John Kulik of Reno; daughters Carol Kuhn and Susan Hunt, both of Carson City and grandchildren Rachel and Christopher Kuhn and Beau and Kaira Stevens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Women's Memorial, Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560 in her name.


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