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From D.C. to Antarctica

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Edith "Jackie" Ronne grew up "scrubbing the steps" of her Baltimore home, her daughter said, and knew one thing -- she wanted a life different from what she saw. She spent a couple of years at a college in Ohio, then moved to Washington, living with her aunt and uncle in Chevy Chase while going to George Washington University.

Fast forward a few years, and she's married to a man 20 years her senior, a veteran polar explorer who's talked her into accompanying him and his expedition to Antarctica. Her life story and obituary is in the Washington Post today. Here's a terrific documentary about her in two parts that Skeeter and Tracy Jarvis produced, with some funding from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities.

Part 1:

Part 2:

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Dear Ms. Sullivan:
Thank you so very much for your excellent obituary and for linking the previous article by Judith Weinraub about Edith Ronne.
I'm sitting down here in Beaumont, Texas, today mulling over this daring expedition.
Although we didn't move to Beaumont until 1975, I have heard faint rumblings about this expedition, but didn't know much about it.
Now, I want her book.
What a remarkable adventure she endured; what an interesting life she led.
Thank you again for providing all this interesting coverage, including the video.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | June 18, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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