A snapshot biography of Leonie Zesch

Antique sepia-toned portrait of Leonie Zesch. She wears a high-collared dark blouse with a double row of buttons, and a lace-trimmed hat adorned with large flowers on top. Her hair is pulled back, and she has a contemplative expression with a faint smile.
Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch

Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch became a dentist at nineteen in 1902, starting her career in San Francisco, where she helped people after the 1906 earthquake. Over the years, she worked in Arizona, where Leonie drove around in her Model T car, holding mobile clinics all over the state. And then, for fifteen years in Alaska, where she at times commuted by airplane, once surviving a plane crash. And often to get around the state’s interior to serve the local Inuit population and others, she traveled by dog sled in a custom sixteen-foot sled.


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“A snapshot biography of Leonie Zesch” sources: Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame / Photograph of Leonie taken in 1902 – Wikimedia Commons.