Eileen Marie

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Eileen Marie was born in Elmira, New York back in 1956 to James and Rose. She graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1974, attending Corning Community College. In 1976, she graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of arts in mathematics and economics. In 1978, she earned a master of science from Stanford University and a master of arts degree from Webster University in 1989.

She retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel in 2006, where she spent most of her time at NASA.

What you may not know about Eileen Marie Collins is that she was the first female pilot to command a Space Shuttle. She was also the first astronaut to fly the Space Shuttle through a complete 360-degree pitch maneuver. She received the Free Spirit Award and the 2006 National Space Trophy. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall Of Fame. One more thing, she is recognized by Encyclopedia Britannica as one of the top 300 women in history. There is so much more I can write about her, if you’re interested look her up. Fascinating reading about all of her accomplishments.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another female who paved the way for other women to follow.... a true leader within NASA...

Jul 17, 2019 04:01 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She had many feats in her career.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 17, 2019 04:16 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Her life has shown that you can do anything if you have the will.

Jul 17, 2019 04:24 AM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow... Eileen is one smart cookie and a brave one too!   I did look her up and found out her husband is (or was) a pilot for Delta Airlines.  Eileen took piloting to a whole 'nother level, didn't she?

Jul 17, 2019 05:01 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. One smart cookie who focused on achievement and paved the way for others to follow. Enjoy your day 

Jul 17, 2019 05:04 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I'm stunned that I (and probably most of us) had no clue about this amazing woman and her accomplishments. A true, modern pioneer.

Jul 17, 2019 05:53 AM #6
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We need these women front and center as role models.

Jul 17, 2019 06:25 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - her name sounded vaguely familiar but thanks for filling in more "blanks" again.

Jul 17, 2019 08:02 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another great story you shared with us.  Wishing you a delightful Wednesday!  Cheers, A

Jul 17, 2019 08:22 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Deal James Dray and we need more like her to be involve when we have people going to Mars.


Jul 17, 2019 08:36 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - certainly well accomplished.  I hope she is enjoying her retirement.

Jul 17, 2019 01:03 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Eileen Marie was a true pioneer. She showed through hard work & determination that nothing was going to hold her back from accomplishing her dreams.

Jul 17, 2019 03:40 PM #12
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this bit of modern history.  Eileen was a very determined and dedicated woman, who was set on making her life, and ours better.

Jul 17, 2019 08:06 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- love your focus on the aerospace field this week!!! Thank you. 

Jul 17, 2019 08:14 PM #14
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I hope my daughter has a similar career with the USAF James Dray except I'm pretty sure Tina will be a General.

Jul 18, 2019 07:06 AM #15
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