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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

MARILYN ROBERTS "BOBBI" EARP PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Marilyn Roberts “Bobbi” Earp of Galien, Michigan, was an air traffic controller with the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) from 1944 to 1949, followed by a long career as a teacher in Tabor City, North Carolina.


BIOGRAPHY

Marilyn “Bobbi” Roberts Earp was born and raised in rural Galien, Michigan. She graduated from high school in 1940 and entered the Western Michigan Teacher’s College in Kalamazoo, where she lived with sisters who were pilots. After three years of college, she dropped out to take flying lessons and later joined the Civil Air Patrol, while also working in a parachute flare packing factory. Before Earp could get enough solo hours to qualify for the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), the service ceased taking new recruits.

Instead, Earp joined the WAVES in July 1944 and attended basic training at Hunter College in New York. After completing air traffic control training in Atlanta, Earp was stationed at the naval air base in Glenview, Illinois. She worked as an air traffic controller there until her discharge in 1946, and married fellow air traffic controller Roger Earp in September 1945. Earp returned to service in operations at Glenview about a year later, but was permanently discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1949 when she became pregnant.

Earp went back to school in the early 1960s, finishing her degree in education at Pembroke. When Roger Earp passed away in 1964, she began a career in teaching in Tabor City, North Carolina.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Bobbi and Roger Earp in air traffic control tower, 1945
Item # WV0174.6.001
From the Marilyn Roberts "Bobbi" Earp Papers
Bobbi Earp at desk, ca. 1947
Item # WV0174.6.004
From the Marilyn Roberts "Bobbi" Earp Papers
Portrait of Bobbi Earp, circa 1945
Item # WV0174.6.002
From the Marilyn Roberts "Bobbi" Earp Papers
Portrait of Bobbi Earp, circa 1945
Item # WV0174.6.003
From the Marilyn Roberts "Bobbi" Earp Papers
Oral history interview with Marilyn Bobbi Earp, 2000
Item # WV0174.5.001
From the Marilyn Roberts "Bobbi" Earp Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Newspaper clipping, 1989.