Morrey Plotkin (1916-2014)
Flight Path Founder & Chairman Emeritus
With deep regret the Flight Path Board of Directors announces the recent passing of our Founder and Chairman Emeritus Morrey Plotkin.
Morrey’s leadership of Flight Path began more than 20 years ago when he spearheaded installation of the first sidewalk plaques saluting aviation luminaries in the Westchester business district north of LAX. As our nonprofit organization’s Board Chairman he directed community fundraising and an area-wide search for a suitable site for the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum.
Following the museum’s opening in the LAX Imperial Terminal, Morrey has remained a faithful and generous supporter of our youth scholarship and educational programs. His continuing wise counsel has been invaluable to the successful operation of our facility.
In honor of Morrey’s service to the museum and the community, Flight Path presented him with its annual Guiding Light Award at the 16th annual Gala dinner in October 2012. The award honors those who guide and inspire youth toward education and careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace.
Morrey’s other community activities have included service as president of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Westchester Playa Village which provides services to help local seniors remain in their homes. He was awarded the Village’s Inspirational Senior Award for his work there.
Flight Path President Nancy Niles issued the following statement of tribute:“Morrey Plotkin has been an essential part of Flight Path from the very beginning. His special talent for motivating individuals and organizations to work together has been critical to the success of our learning center and museum. We are deeply grateful for his 98 years of life and for his lasting legacy to Flight Path and the community.”