Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Ruthie Stearns

Date of this Version



The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 89 No. 2, pp. 101-102


Published by the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc.


Elaine Bachel was born June 6, 1946, in Itasca County, Minnesota, and passed away May 22, 2021, in Lincoln. She lived in Minnesota until she was ten, and it was there that she developed her love of the outdoors, especially birds. When her father passed away, Elaine, her sister and her mother moved to Omaha to live with her grandmother. She graduated from Omaha South High School and then attended college in Omaha, graduating as a registered nurse in 1968. She worked for many years for Lincoln ENT physician Dr. Charles Barton. It was in working for him and traveling to clinics around the state that she learned to pilot an airplane. She said Dr. Barton told her if something happened to him, she needed to know how to fly. Also, she worked about two years for the state of Nebraska at the Department of Health and Human Services.