Aldecoa, Delphine

Mikel Chertudi
Interview Location: 
Boise, ID
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Delphine was born in Boise, Idaho to María and John Aldecoa.  One of five children, she was active in school athletics and loved to dance.  Her parents encouraged Delphine to do well in school, prompting her decision to go to the University of Idaho at the age of 16.  She earned her teaching degree from the University.

After college, Delphine learned that the government was recruiting women for air traffic control.  She took the opportunity and eventually became the second female air traffic Tower Chief in the United States; the first in the western part of the country.

Delphine is currently working to construct an aviation museum in Boise, and has served on the board of a group that works to that end.  Her schedule is full: she is active in the Boise Basque community, her church community, and volunteers for a hospital in Boise.

Audio Recording: 
The second woman to run an air tower
Opening doors for other women
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