ROSE, Inge

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ROSE, Inge (b. 1943) became member #113 of the All 8+ Club of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation in 2010.

Inge was born Vienna, Austria 1943. She got sea sick in 1947 on the ship to New York, after which Inge landed in the Hill Country of Texas. She traveled to many parts of Mexico. Then in 1953 she went scuba diving for the first time in Acapulco, where she also learned to water ski there. She drove her old 1942 Army Jeep from Texas to California in 1959, and traded the country for sub-urban life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1962 Inge had started her island adventures with a Catalina visit. Early in the 1970s the Westside Sierra Club offered boat trips to our Pacific islands and into Mexico.

In 1966 Inge was graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering. That same year she learned to fly in San Luis Obispo. Years later, in about 2010, while sitting with Mark Oberman on SRI in a Channel Islands aviation Islander, waiting for the fog to lift at SMI, she learned that they both learned to fly from the same instructor at the same time.

In the 1970s, Inge got "certified" as a scuba diver when she learned dive boats existed. Truth Aquatics boat, Truth, became her second home. She often went diving over 60 days a year. In the late 1970s she started diving in Baja's Sea of Cortez visiting more islands.

In 1997, Inge started volunteering with Channel Islands National Park, enjoying most her time on San Miguel Island. Ranger Ian Williams asked her to help with relief duties on SMI, a job that led her to 62 tours on SMI, up until the time Channel Islands stopped flying to the islands.

In her casreer, Inge worked for Architects, Contractors, Engineers, Surveyors, and was a swim teacher: Pasadena American Institute of Architects President 1980; Chief Architect/Engineer for Los Angeles County 1989-1992; Director of Construction at Pepperdine University.

In 1992 Inge moved to the Mesa in Santa Barbara. She visited all eight islands at some point with Steve Junak over many years, starting in 1996.

Her Role Model was her father, as his first born "son". No body ever told her she could not do "it". She was just the second girl to graduate from Cal Poly in Architectural Engineering. She retired at age 56.

In addition to the eight California Channel Islands, she has visited the following in bold:

  • Rincon Island (man-made Channel Island)
  • Farallones
  • Año Nuevo
  • Islas Coronado
  • Islas Todos Santos
  • Isla San Martin
  • Isla San Geronimo
  • Isla Guadalupe
  • Islas San Benito
  • Isla Cedros
  • Isla Natividad
  • Isla Asuncion

Inge Rose has also flown to seven of the eight California Channel Islands, landing as follows:

  • San Miguel Island: both the Ranch Strip and the Dry Lake Bed
  • Santa Rosa Island: Ranch Strip
  • Santa Cruz Island: Main Ranch strip, Christy Ranch strip, Smugglers strip
  • Anacapa Island: helicopter landing on the old concrete water collection slab
  • Santa Catalina Island: Airport-in-the-Sky
  • San Nicolas Island: Naval Outlying Landing Field
  • San Clemente Island: Naval Auxiliary Landing Field