Alice Lemieux Jacobsen, 91, early Pan Am stewardess
Alice Lemieux Jacobsen, who had been the stewardess on Pan American Airway's first around-the-world flight, died in Ojai, Calif., on Feb. 18. She was 91 years old and former resident of Ridgefield
The daughter of Rudolph Lemieux and Elizabeth Gallant Lemieux of Westbrook, Maine, Mrs. Jacobsen was one of eight children. She graduated from Westbrook High School before moving to Connecticut to work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. She then moved to New York and worked for a short time in the reservations department of American Airlines.
She soon began a career as a stewardess for Pan American Airways, and was chosen to be the single stewardess on Pan Am’s inaugural round-the-world flight in 1947.
Mrs. Jacobsen was eventually followed by three of her sisters (Edna, Dorothy, and Bernadette) into the ranks of Pan Am stewardesses.
Married to Pan Am pilot George Jacobsen, she moved to Long Island and then around 1957 to Ridgefield, where she and her husband raised three children. She was active in local charities here, including the Scholarship Ball.
In 1977 she and her husband retired to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Widowed in 1992, Mrs. Jacobsen continued to live in Scottsdale until 2010, when she moved to Ojai, where she lived at The Gables of Ojai.
She is survived by two sisters, Louise Spencer and Bernadette Wahle; her daughter Kathryn, of Mashpee, Mass.; her sons George, Jr., of Madison and Rod, of Ojai, California; two grandchildren, Olivia and Grady Jacobsen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was interred next to her husband on February 22 in Scottsdale.