Gloria Heath is recognized as a leader in establishing an international safety information dissemination service and providing a unified global response to distress occurrences for land, sea and air. She also is known for extending opportunities for women. She was one of the founders of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). Gloria worked for American Export Airlines, then flew as a WASP in WWII. She was the director of Summer Aviation Programs at Connecticut College, employed by Aero Insurance Underwriters, assistant director at Cornell-Guggenheim Aviation Safety Center and a consultant for the search and rescue operation, SAR-ASSIST. Heath was one of the FSF founders on its Board since its inception in 1970.