A group of local volunteers was honored recently for its role in operating the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport.
More than 30 residents of Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and other nearby communities were recognized during an appreciation dinner at Flight Path in the LAX Imperial Terminal.
The volunteers staff the museum’s public galleries, build exhibits, keep records and prepare for special events. Honored were Mike Cason, Jorge Chavez, Judy Christian, Ed Crawford, Fylis Deto, John Eckberg, Duke Ellington, Steve Garrison, Allen Hess, Steve Koyama, Rick Neyland, Bob Pehl, Joan Sewald, Reni Soukup, Nick Suncin and Ron Williams.
“Our volunteers bring us a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Flight Path President Rowena Ake. “Most of them are aviation professionals and all of them are dedicated to preserving our air heritage for future generations.”
Also saluted were members of the museum’s board of directors, including Nancy Niles, president-elect; Ethel Pattison, Vince Migliazzo and Robert Acherman, vice presidents; John Garstka, chief financial officer; Jo Ann Hudspeth, treasurer; Robert Smith, corporate secretary; Lynne Adelman, Jean-Luc Beghin, John Burke, Nissen Davis, Lori Keir, Barbara Keller, Morrey Plotkin (emeritus), Robert Slusser, Alan Wayne and Beverly Migliazzo, recording secretary.
Others recognized were Lee Nichols, Flight Path executive director; Marie Happ, director of volunteers; and LAX Community Relations staff Marilyn Costigan, Eleanor Ginsberg, Ann Proctor, Dauna Semon, Mimi Salagy, Sandra Launius, Jaqi Rascon and Lupe Burke, who assist at the museum.
Flight Path is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway. Admission and parking are free.