Kathleen “Scotty” Robertson Culp formerly of Satellite Beach was born in 1921 in Norwood, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school in 1938, her first job was weaving shroud lines for parachutes at Canton Fabric Company. She had two brothers who joined the Navy, and she wrote a letter to President Roosevelt asking why women could not join.
After Pearl Harbor she became part of the first group of women to join the Women Appointed Voluntary Emergency Service, the WAYES. Because of her experience in the parachute factory, she was offered the opportunity to attend the parachute riggers school. She trained for three months with 36 sailors. When these men were ready for their first jump, Kathleen was only allowed to watch. Kathleen shocked the jumpmaster by boldly requesting permission to jump along with the men. After her second request, she was granted permission. In August 1944 she followed her jumpmaster out of the hatchway of a 4D aircraft and made history with her perfect landing. The White House Naval Administrator sent her a letter of commendation for her courage and determination. She was the first woman in the armed forces to make a premeditated free-fall parachute jump. She remained in active and reserve duty to the United States for 12 years. Eventually, she and her husband moved to Satellite Beach in 1958, where they raised their twin boys. She volunteered the equivalent of a 25- year full-time job to Satellite Beach High School; she was in charge of the landscaping since 1979. She donated over 30,000 hours to the City in various projects; she was on the Beautification Board since 1986. She was a mentor for the Juvenile Justice Program for over 20 years. She donated 25 years to a citywide recycling program and raised over $100,000 for her efforts which are being used for community projects. She implemented an annual 21-day Flag Salute for over 20 years. An unselfish volunteer and loyal patriot, a role model, mentor, and kind lady; Scotty was loved and admired by so many, as she touched the lives of young and old alike. “The First Lady of Satellite Beach”, passed away at her home in 2013 at the age of 91.Back