M. Veronica (Ronni) Gilligan , 2004
(deceased) Ronni earned certification by PADI in 1964 and began wreck diving soon after. In 1968 she became the first woman to dive the Empress of Ireland" and went back to dive it again 35 years later! Ronni became a YMCA instructor in 1970 and she often taught the disabled to dive. She was an active member of the New York State Divers Assoc. and the Syracuse Scuba Society. Ronni helped to establish the "Our Future in Depth" seminars/conferences and also co-founded and served as Vice President of Underwater Salvage Inc. (Syracuse NY). She was an avid traveler with dives logged in exotic locations world wide including: Thailand Australia Truk Palau and Kenya.