Ms. Clara Livingston

  • Wall of Honor Location:

    Foil: 13 Panel: 1 Column: 2 Line: 85

  • Wall of Honor Level:

    Air and Space Friend

  • Honored by:

    Mr. Eleazar D. Lamboy

Ms Clara Livingston came to Puerto Rico in the 1930s and bought a parcel of land by the town of Dorado near the beach. In 1937, when Amelia Earhart made the first stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico on her around the world flight, she was greeted by her friend Ms Livingston at Isla Grande airport (then Pan American). Ms Earhart declined the invitation from the acting governor Melendez Ramos and stayed overnight in Ms Livingston's home in Dorado.

During the 1940s Ms Livingston enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) to help the war effort. She was making flights for the US Army Air Corps, mostly ferry flights. She allowed the Air Corps to build an airstrip at her property in Dorado. This later became Dorado airport, where she later opened up a flight school.

Ms Clara Livingston greatly contributed to the initiation and development of the Civil Air Patrol, Puerto Rico Wing. Her desire to promote aviation among young people, especially students, was great and she was always involved in activities that were related to aviation. She later sold the property to Mr John D. Rockefeller and the Dorado Beach Hotel was built. She used some of her money to buy a property in Carolina for the "Boys Town."

Her contributions to aviation in the island have been recognized by the aviation community.

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