Cynthia McFee

Cynthia McFee, the first woman NOAA officer to winter
Cynthia McFee at the Pole signpost (Cynthia's photo from the NOAA photo library)

LT Cynthia McFee was the third woman to winter, and the first woman member of the NOAA Corps to do so. In the above photo she's standing next to the directional signpost, which for many years including my first winter was a significant feature of the landscape.

In 1979 and 1980 there had also been only one woman on station during the winter...Michele Raney and Martha Kane respectively. Fortunately that unnatural situation didn't continue...in 1982 and 1983 there were two female winterovers. In 1984 and 1987 only one woman wintered, but things were starting to change, soon there would be a reasonable number of women...maxing out in 2005 when there were 24 women among the 86 of us.

Two more photos of Cynthia...

Cynthia McFee at Pole


Here's a small photo of her which was published in the Antarctic Journal, September 1983 (U.S. Navy photo by Michael L. Mullen).
Cynthia getting blood drawn
Here she's getting her blood drawn in biomed for one of those experiments we were all involved in back then. It doesn't look like the winterover physician Chuck Huss is doing that, he's a bit more muscular.

(Cynthia's photo from the NOAA photo library)
NZ article about Cynthia McFee
Above, a brief article about Cynthia McFee from Antarctic (March 1962, page 162).
This is the journal of the New Zealand Antarctic Society.