Jill Kinmont Boothe (1936-2012), photo courtesy of wrosencephdokice.blog.com

ESLT would like to pay tribute to a vibrant member of our community, Jill Kinmont Boothe, who passed away on February 9, 2012 at the age of 75. Jill grew up in Bishop and became a world class ski racer at Mammoth Mountain. A tragic accident during the 1955 January Olympic trials caused paralysis from her neck down and turned her down a different path towards a life dedicated to special education and art.

She taught in Bishop schools for 21 years, with a local school named after her upon her retirement. She went on to become an accomplished and popular painter, particularly in watercolors. Jill shared her beautiful paintings with ESLT through our Art for Conservation shows, which have have been important fundraisers for our work over the years. We are so grateful to her for representing the endurance, determination and spirit of the Bishop community.

ESLT celebrates the life of this strong and talented woman and joins the whole community in expressing our gratitude for all that she gave this world. She will be missed.