Dorothy Irving Crossley, 90, a professional photographer and photojournalist, died in her Woods Hole home on December 14. Ms. Crossley had also been a longtime winter resident of Franconia, New Hampshire.
Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Archibald M. Crossley and Dorothy Fox Crossley, who were longtime summer residents of Woods Hole.
She was educated at Smith College and following her graduation in 1950, Ms. Crossley embarked on a pioneering career as a female sports photojournalist. For the next 50 years, she covered countless skiing and sailing events. She captured photographs of skiers including Olympians Paul Valar and Jean-Claude Killy, documented the growth of the New England ski industry, and had her whimsical snow photos featured in The Boston Globe.
In summer, Ms. Crossley covered the Cape Cod sailing scene for the Falmouth Enterprise and wrote of her world adventures as a frequent contributor to SAILING and Yachting magazines. She became the first female photographer credentialed to cover the America’s Cup races in Newport, Rhode Island. Her photo of the spectacular 12-meter yacht Freedom made the front page of The New York Times in 1980.
She wrote a book in 2005 called, “Take My Picture! Memoirs and Photographs of Skiing and Sailing.”
In 1996, Ms. Crossley was instrumental in assembling an exhibit of paintings, photographs and memorabilia for the centennial anniversary of the Woods Hole Yacht Club. The collection was on display that summer in a gallery at the Bradley House Museum next to Woods Hole Public Library.
To inspire future generations of female photojournalists, Ms. Crossley created a photography scholarship in her name at Smith College. Her photo collections will be housed at Smith, the New England Ski Museum and the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
Ms. Crossley leaves two nephews, Peter J. Crossley and Lawrence A. Crossley; three cousins, Carolyn Fox Mulliken, Wendy Ketchum and Sara Piccini; and other extended family.
She was predeceased by her sister, Helen M. Crossley; her brother, Joseph Crossley; and her nephew Robert M. Crossley.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.