January 23, 2014
Mock - Jerrie Mock
Geraldine Fredritz “Jerrie” Mock was born on November 22, 1925 in Newark, Ohio. Mock was the first woman to fly around the world solo, beginning her historic voyage on March 9, 1964 from Columbus, and returning on April 17, 1964. She was on this expedition a total of 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes, and had flown for 23,103 miles. Mock was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s Exceptional Service Decoration by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a result of her achievements. She was also involved with media, working in television, publishing, and radio after her career in aviation. Mock died on September 30, 2014 in Quincy, Florida. Jerrie Mock was made a Great Ohioan in 2014.