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Truckee’s late Katie Jackson Morrison honored by fellow aviators

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Tom Lippert/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The late Katie Jackson Morrison of Truckee was honored as a 2011 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship in Atchison, Kan., on June 18. She was recognized for her passionate commitment to aviation in the Truckee-Tahoe area and to The Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. Katieand#8217;s husband, Jim Morrison, accepted her award at the ceremony.

The International Forest of Friendship is a living, growing memorial to those who have contributed to the world history of aviation and aerospace. It was a gift to America in 1976 on the nationand#8217;s 200th birthday from the City of Atchison, Amelia Earhartand#8217;s birthplace, and The Ninety-Nines. Trees in the Forest represent 50 states and 35 countries, including a and#8220;moon treeand#8221; grown from a seed taken to the moon on Apollo 14. Among the more than 1,200 honorees are such internationally recognized flyers as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, and Chuck Yeager.

Katie Morrison, along with her son and daughter, died in a tragic airplane accident on March 20, 2011, near Barstow, Calif.

Katie earned her private pilot certificate in 1997 and her instrument rating in 1999. An avid pilot, she and her family often flew across the country, as well as to Mexico and the Caribbean. She joined the Lake Tahoe Chapter of The Ninety-Nines in November 2000 and served in senior leadership positions, including chapter chairman. Her love of flying and generous nature came together in her volunteer work. Katie completed her first and#8220;angel flightand#8221; to transport patients and had planned to continue to assist others in need.

Dedicated to aviation and the local community, Katie served on the Truckee Tahoe Airport Community Advisory Team and was elected November 2010 to the Board of Directors of the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. She jointly spearheaded a program for transient pilots on safe flying in and out of high elevation airports and over mountainous terrain. In addition, she was instrumental in land acquisition to protect the airport while creating open space for the public.

Katie was committed to maintaining the excellence of the Truckee Tahoe Airport and the pristine environment of the mountains and lakes around Truckee, an outdoor arena she called a and#8220;jewel.and#8221; Her dynamic spirit and influence will continue to affect the community, friends and her fellow aviators.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com