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By Jon Marmor
From Columns, June 2004
At the age of 10, she was hit in the eye with a baseball but refused to come out of a game. When she enrolled in ceramic engineering at the University of Washington in 1967, some professors tried to talk her out of it because it was "not a field for women."
Like that had any effect on Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar, '71, '75.
"I just don't see obstacles," Dunbar says matter-of-factly. "I see challenges. I like solving problems."
So it's no surprise that the young girl who grew up herding cattle and repairing fences on a 40-acre cattle and wheat ranch in the central Washington town of Sunnyside made good on the dream she had when she was 13. She indeed became an astronaut.