DRBA Commission Recognizes the Contributions of Lewis B. Finch, Jr.
to the Growth of Millville Airport;
Designates Airport Administration Building in his Honor
(New Castle, DE) On January 17, 2012, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution 12-02, which recognizes the contributions and significance of the late Lewis B. Finch, Jr., to the growth and development of Millville Airport. The Commission also authorized the Millville Airport Administration Building be renamed “The Lewis B. Finch, Jr. Administration Building.” The board action took place at its monthly meeting held in the James Julian Boardroom at the New Castle Administration complex.
“As a result of his perseverance, dedication and diligence, Mr. Finch took a small, fledgling Millville Airport under his wing and helped it grow,” said DRBA Vice-Chairman James N. Hogan, who noted that Mr. Finch obtained millions of dollars in federal funding to upgrade the runway, taxiway, and lighting infrastructure at the aviation facility. “Because of his renowned love and passion for Millville Airport, Mr. Finch is affectionately referred to as ‘the father of Millville Airport’ and we wanted to make sure that a lasting tribute was done in his honor.”
Commissioner Douglas VanSant, who spearheaded the effort on the DRBA Commission to honor the former Airport Manager, praised Mr. Finch for his vision and dedication to the Millville community. “Mr. Finch understood the advantages and vision of the partnership between the City of Millville and the Delaware River and Bay Authority concerning the management and operation of Millville Airport and he worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the federal, state, and local level to make it happen.” VanSant remarked. “Together, he knew that the City of Millville and the DRBA could accomplish great things working as a team.”
Throughout his lifetime, Lew was dedicated to community service, the airport, local sports, and his family. A veteran of World War II and lifelong resident of Millville, Lew Finch served as the manager of the Millville Airport from 1974 until his untimely passing on November 30, 2002. An active member of the New Jersey Airport Advisory Committee, Mr. Finch was the recipient of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame award for his accomplishments at Millville Airport and was publicly honored for outstanding service to the aviation community and economic future of Southern New Jersey by Federal Aviation Administration regional administrator Arlene Feldman.
He served on numerous community boards, including the Millville Army Air Field Museum, Millville Board of Education, Millville Little League baseball, Millville Zoning Board, and American Legion NABB Leslie Post 82. He was the founding President of the Millville Exchange Club, which was chartered in 1948.
A dedication ceremony is currently planned for late Spring.
The DRBA is a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. It owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.
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