A rose garden at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been named after airport tour guide and historian Ethel Lund Pattison, who celebrates 50 years of service at LAX this year.
The city Board of Airport Commissioners Monday, January 23rd, approved the naming of the rose garden in honor of Pattison, who has the most years of service of any active employee at the city airport department.
The rose garden is adjacent to the Clifton A. Moore Administration Building at LAX.
A community open house was scheduled Wednesday, January 25th, at the Flight Path Learning Center to recognize the 50th anniversaries of the LAX Tour and Education Program and Pattison’s employment with the city airport department.
“As ‘America’s First Airport Tour Guide’, Ethel has personally welcomed a tremendous range of visitors to LAX and knows this airport and its history better than anyone,” Los Angeles World Airports executive director Lydia Kennard said.
The Ethel Pattison Rose Garden is only the fifth time in the airport department’s 78-year history that one of its facilities has been designated a place of honor for an individual, airport officials said.
Pattison began her career with the Department of Airports public relations staff in January 1956. She was hired as an airport guide to launch the development of the LAX Tour and Education Program that offered tours to local school students and service organizations.
Pattison was promoted to the position of chief airport tour guide in 1961, and has since provided ongoing leadership in the development of aviation-related tour and education programs at LAX.
She currently serves as an airport information specialist and is the designated LAX historian.
Her knowledge of LAX operations and history has been vital to the development of a broad range of airport community relations activities, airport officials said.
Pattison is continually involved in the LAX Flight Path Learning Center and Museum, which opened October 2003.
In advance of establishing the Flight Path Learning Center, Pattison has been instrumental in preserving, developing and presenting the aviation artifacts and photos that comprise many of the museum’s exhibits, officials said.
During her service with the airport department, Pattison has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities and the local community to LAX.
Colleagues say Pattison takes particular pleasure in providing disabled and special needs individuals with the experience and excitement of an LAX tour.
She was recognized by the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey in September 2004 as a “Star of the Neighborhood.”
The Los Angeles City Council recognized Pattison Friday, January 20th, for her many contributions to the city.
A native of Hollywood, Pattison is a graduate of USC and currently serves in a number of its alumni organizations. She is also a past national and Los Angeles chapter president of Clipped Wings, the United Airlines flight attendant alumni organization.