Cummings, Iris

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Cummings, Iris Gender: F
Iris C. Cummings
born on 21 December 1920 at 22:05 (= 10:05 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°07' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°54 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 07°44'

Iris Cummings (circa 1944)


American aviator and competition swimmer, also known by her married name Iris Critchell. She represented the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. After an active athletic career in swimming, which included a reign as U.S. national 200m breaststroke champion from 1936 to 1939, she was accepted into the University of Southern California's first Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1939. After graduation, she worked as a flight instructor prior to being selected to serve her country during World War II as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). Following the conflict, she returned to California, where she developed and taught a curriculum on civilian flight for veterans returning from the war at the University of Southern California.

After racing airplanes competitively during the 1950s, Cummings and her husband, Howard Critchell, helped found the Bates Aeronautics program at Harvey Mudd College in 1962. They ran it together until he retired in 1979, at which point Iris continued alone until the program's end in 1990. A long-time certified FAA Pilot Examiner, she is the recipient of several international aviation awards and is a member of the National Flight Instructors Hall of Fame. In her later years, she has remained active as a lecturer, consultant, and curator of the Aeronautical Library Special Collections at Harvey Mudd.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Great Achievement 1936 (American national 200m breaststroke champion)
  • Work : Prize 2000 (National Flight Instructors Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 5 ft 4 in/ 1.64 m)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Pilot Examiner)
  • Vocation : Education : Librarian (Curator)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Flight instructor)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WASP)
  • Vocation : Sports : Swimming (Breaststroke)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military (WASP)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (National Flight Instructors)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (U.S. national 200m breaststroke champion)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Olympic competitor)