The San Francisco Airport Commission named the Aviation Museum in honor of Louis A. Turpen, for his dedication to aviation, past, present and future. His passion for aviation started as a young man and became his primary driving force throughout his career and beyond.
A visionary with a commitment to excellence, he recognized SFO’s potential and, utilizing his impressive leadership skills, worked tirelessly to achieve it. In doing so, Lou paved the way for other airports to follow. In the 1980s he understood that he needed to address several key areas in order to make the airport the best it could be: safety and security were vital to the operation of any airport; a positive passenger experience would be key to success; concessions could be a significant driver for enhanced revenue; and that being the community’s advocate for noise and the environment would bring rewarding collaboration and partnerships. These ideas, and so many more, ultimately became models for airports across the country.