1955 Venie "Louise" Kellogg
Originally ran on August 4, 2001 in the Anchorage Daily News
Ms. Venie "Louise" Kellogg was born Oct. 13, 1903, in Chicago to LeRoy DeWolf Kellogg and Ellen Neel Kellogg. She graduated from Vassar in 1925 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Her family moved to Pasadena, California, and she lived there until World War II.
In 1942, following Pearl Harbor, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She graduated from Officer Candidate School, then served in Britain and France. She attained the rank of major before returning to Pasadena.
She has been a trustee of Occidental College and Palmer Public Library, Mat-Su Borough School Employment Security and Public Offices Commissions. She devoted much of her energy to another cause. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was struggling, and Louise did what she could to help its founder, Joe Redington.
"The complexity of her involvement is what stands out to me," longtime friend Katie Hurley told the Frontiersman newspaper.
"She was a dairy woman, and she was also active in politics and education... She touched the lives of every person she met."
She had also been a member of the Mat-Su Valley Health Council, Mat-Su Taxpayers Association Board, Valley Hospital Association Board, Valley Hospital Foundation Board, Palmer Historical Society, Pioneers of Alaska Auxiliary No. 11 and Arctic Institute of North America.
She received the 1997 Alaskan of the Year Denali Award at age 94.
Ms. Kellogg was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from APU in 1984.
She was an honored guest at the public celebration in Palmer on Memorial Day 2001 as Alaska’s oldest surviving veteran of World War II.
Alaska Pacific University, Spring Creek Farm in Palmer, Alaska; History of the Farm
Anchorage Daily News, August 4, 2001