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Remembering a legend:

Ethel lund Pattison

Photo of Ethel Pattison in United Airlines Uniform circa 1950s
Plaque commemorating Ethel Pattison on Sepulveda Blvd with flowers

A plaque commemorating Ethel’s contribution to Aviation can be found on the Flight Path Walk of Fame on Sepulveda Boulevard next to In n’ Out.

Born in Los Angeles, Ethel L. Pattison grew up in Hollywood and graduated from John Marshall High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California, majoring in advertising and minoring in cinema.

 A resident of Manhattan Beach, Ethel was married for 53 years to the late Dr. Sydney Pattison, a South Bay dentist. They have a daughter, LeValley, who teaches at El Camino College, and a grandson, Logan.

Ethel was a former United Airlines flight attendant.  She was a national president of the United Airlines Clipped Wings, an organization of former stewardesses and flight attendants, and was honored with distinguished service awards from the national organization and its Los Angeles chapter. She has been active with the International Special Olympics, the South Bay Vocational Center for the physically challenged, and USC alumni activities. She was awarded a Youth Service Award by the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

 Ethel served for 64 years as Chief Airport Guide and Airport Information Specialist for Los Angeles World Airports in the LAX Public and Community Relations divisions. Her service began in 1956, just in time to play an active role in winning public support for a $59.7 million bond issue to finance construction of the new “Jet Age” LAX.    

 She was involved over the years in directing student tours, preparing informational materials, responding to media inquiries and assisting the media and public during airport emergencies. Her duties also included assisting civic, business and airport officials in overseas promotions of Los Angeles as a trade and tourism destination.

 In recognition of Ethel’s significant contributions to LAX and aviation, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has named the rose garden adjacent to the airport’s Clifton A. Moore Administration Building in her honor. She was awarded the prestigious Los Angeles City Career Service Award in 1991.

 Ethel was a founding member of the Flight Path Museum, and has served as its Airport Historian and Operations Chair, directing cataloging and research in the archives, including historical documents, photographs, uniforms and other memorabilia, and supervising the William A. Schoneberger Research Library.  She was honored with the museum’s coveted Guiding Light Award.

 Ethel co-chaired many Flight Path Gala fundraising events, and has been involved at the museum in preparation of numerous video productions chronicling airport and aviation history. She was co-author of the historical reference book, Los Angeles International Airport, part of the Images of Aviation  series from Arcadia Publishing Co.

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