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Brigitte Louise Jacobson: Navy pilot breaking barriers

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2021-03-18 09:36:36-04

BALTIMORE — Brigitte Louise Jacobson was born as a “Marine Brat” 46 years ago in Quantico, Virginia.

What a mother figure she had in Janette Lott. What a father figure she had in Marine Corp Lt. Col Claude Lott.

As an air traffic controller he guided his little girl into aviation. As a track star in high school, she managed to get into ROTC at Norfolk State.

Here was Brigitte, scared of heights, but yet flying jets. Why? Because she liked to be in control. Her dad pinned wings on his little angel, making her one of the first female African American Navy pilots.

But there was a nasty and unruly passenger in her flight of life…it was breast cancer.

On December 17, her life ended. She was married to another pilot Mike. They raised two sons here in Baltimore, Nick and Noah.

Brigitte was a volunteer, a mentor and hero. She loved photography, even had a dark room in her basement.

As we honor “The Veteran”, please honor the Jacobson and Lott families.