Josephine McGee, beloved Aunt, passed away on January 21, 2020, after a long battle with cancer, at age 86. She was born in New York, NY to Matilda and William McGee on May 26, 1933. At age 18, Josie survived lupus nephritis, then a fatal disease, by entering a clinical trial at the Rockefeller Institute testing the use of steroids to control Lupus.
Despite a lifelong effort to manage her illness, Josie thrived, a frequent international traveler, and person of many intellectual interests, and numerous friends. She was an account executive in pharmaceutical advertising in an era when few women attained such positions. Her zest for life and sense of adventure made her a favorite in her large extended family, especially her nieces and nephews. She adored living in Manhattan and was a long-time volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History. Astronomy and space exploration were among her passions.
Among the many countries she visited, Spain was her great favorite. Relatively late in life, she walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, a cherished achievement. Going to space was another.
Bon voyage, Aunt Josie!!