The Doyenne of Trans-Canada Airlines Stewardesses Dies at 102

Anyone who doubts that air travel was once a genuine adventure should read this compelling obituary of Lucille Garner Grant, the doyenne of Air Canada stewardesses, who has died at the tender age of 102. Her principle qualification for the job of launching the stewardess program for Trans-Canada Airlines was being a qualified nurse – a virtue when airsickness was commonplace. Her equanimity also helped: neither ice build-up on the wings, nor sexism (stewardesses were forbidden marriage and faced mandatory retirement at 32) unsettled her.