Dorothy Stokes Bostwick

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Dorothy Stokes Bostwick Smith Campbell (March 26, 1899 - February 16, 2001) was an American heiress and an artist and author who became the first woman in the United States to hold a helicopter pilot's license.

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She was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Lillian Stokes and her husband, Albert Carlton Bostwick. Her grandfather was Jabez A. Bostwick, a railroad owner and wealthy co-founder of the Standard Oil Company.

A painter and sculptor, Dorothy Bostwick was first married at Christ Church in Gilbertsville, New York on March 7, 1922 to W. T. Sampson Smith.[1] Smith's grandfather was the late Rear Admiral William T. Sampson She was an aviation buff in particular with the autogyro, a precursor to the modern helicopter. Her second husband (m. 1950) Joseph Campbell was vice-president and treasurer of Columbia University. In 1954 he was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Comptroller General of the United States.

Dorothy Bostwick wrote and illustrated "Passing Thoughts," a collection of her own poetry and drawings.

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