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Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2001

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, aviation pioneer, dead at 94

Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh who became his co-pilot and wrote extensively about their pioneering adventures in flight, died at her rural Vermont home yesterday. She was 94.

Lindbergh died in her home in Passumpsic, about 30 miles northeast of the state capital.

"Mother died quietly in her second home in Vermont with her family around her," said son Reeve Lindbergh in a statement issued by the family foundation.

A painfully shy woman, she was thrown into the spotlight of her famous husband immediately after they met in 1927, shortly after he made his famous solo flight across the Atlantic, the first ever. She was a senior at Smith College. He took her flying on their first date.

She soon became her husband’s co-pilot, co-navigator and radio operator. The couple’s flights across oceans and around the world fascinated the American public.

In 1932, the already-famous Lindberghs drew worldwide attention when their first child, 20-month-old Charles Jr., was kidnapped and murdered. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, an unemployed Bronx carpenter, was arrested for the crime in 1934, tried and convicted in 1935, and executed the following year.

Anne Lindbergh wrote of the amguish she and her husband felt after the body of their son was discovered10 weeks after the sleeping baby was kidnapped from their newly built house near Princeton, N.J. She described one of her dreams: "I was walking down a suburban street seeing other people’s children and I stopped to see one in a carriage and I thought it was a sweet child, but I was looking for my child in his face. And I realized, in the dream, that I would do that forever."

Lindbergh published 13 books of memoirs, fiction, poems and essays. In an introduction to her journals, she affectionately recalled her famous fiance as "a knight in shining armor, with myself as his devoted page."

Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow were married on May 27, 1929, in a private ceremony at the Morrow residence in Englewood, N.J. The couple had six children together. Charles Lindbergh died in 1974 and is buried at Palapala Hoomau Church on Maui, where the Lindberghs once had a home.

On April 20, 1930, the Lindberghs set a transcontinental speed record, flying from Los Angeles to New York in 14 hours and 45 minutes. Anne Lindbergh was seven months pregnant at the time.

Lindbergh was the second of four children of Dwight Whitney Morrow, a banker who later became U.S. ambassador to Mexico and a U.S. senator, and Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, a writer and teacher.

In addition to the kidnapped child, the Lindberghs had five other children — Jon, Land, Scott, Reeve and Anne, who died in 1993.

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