After a year and a half of debate, the Santa Barbara Airport will officially name the new terminal the “John T. Rickard Terminal” on Monday. A reception will be held in front of the new terminal on September 16, at 4 p.m.
“The ceremony will honor John “Jack” T. Rickard, a visionary and leader whose foresight helped define Santa Barbara today,” wrote Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director, in a press release. “He was an esteemed attorney and judge, influential mayor, and a native son of Santa Barbara. The community brought forward suggestions for naming the City’s new airline terminal and in October 2012 the Santa Barbara City Council chose to name the new facility for John T. Rickard in honor of his service and significant contributions to the community.”
While many in the community pushed for names like Peal Chase, Dwight Murphy or Tom Storke, others claimed the terminal was already named for Earle L. Ovingtonany. Some wanted the terminal left without a name.
In the end, John T. Rickard won out and Pedro Nava was one of the people pleased with the outcome. “It has been reliably reported and well accepted that it was Rickard who developed the means by which the City of Santa Barbara was able to annex the airport property, thereby enabling the city to make improvements, upgrades, operational expansions and perhaps most importantly, meet necessary federal requirements to retain commercial carriers vital to Santa Barbara’s economic vitality, ” Nava told Santa Barbara View. “There are of course many other accomplishments for which he deserves credit, these are but a few: funding for Shoreline Park, sidewalks and paved streets on the lower Eastside, the city municipal golf course and the promotion of ‘smokeless’ industry, the forerunner of the ‘Green Economy’ in Santa Barbara. Nor should we ignore his service to Santa Barbara as it’s City Attorney and his unblemished judicial career. It is fitting that the new Santa Barbara Airport Airline Terminal be named for John T. Rickard.“