http://www.suntimes.com/news/obitua...air-traffic-controller-at-midway-airport.html Chicago’s Southwest Side airport was so new, it hadn’t even been christened “Midway” when Ruth V. Osgood arrived there to work at the control tower. It was 1944. She was just 19 but already a licensed pilot, thanks to open-minded parents who said her future was limited only by her dreams. She had learned to fly on an airstrip in Mendota, her Downstate hometown, and she had been accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The WASPs were the nation’s first women to fly military aircraft, ferrying them from assembly lines to bases. But a woman’s skills and aptitude didn’t matter much back then at Chicago Municipal Airport — now Midway — where she fetched coffee for the men who weren’t away at war.