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June 17, 2019

June Gabrielle Schaefer

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:00 am

June Gabrielle Schaefer passed April 12 at age 93. She leaves behind a son and daughter, along with a granddaughter, extended family and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly. June was a woman ahead of her time. During World War II she studied drafting at a time few women did so. Later, she went to work for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego drafting instrument panels for the B-24 Liberator aircraft that saw service in the South Pacific. Not a "Rosie the Riveter," but rather a "Daisy the Drafts (wo)man."

She met Henry Schaefer in San Diego, a handsome Marine who would serve in the South Pacific. When he returned home, they married and initially made their home in New Orleans. June and Henry both attended Tulane University where June graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Chemistry. When life in the Jim Crow south became intolerable, June insisted she and Henry return to California to make a home and start a family. But before doing so, June accepted a job as a chemist for Shell Development in Emeryville. After her son and daughter were a bit older, June returned to the workforce as a technical writer, putting her scientific education to good use. Like we say, "a woman ahead of her time."

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