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Albert Whitted Airport terminal named for Galbraith philanthropists


Philanthropists John and Rosemary Galbraith were back in town for naming ceremonies at Albert Whitted Airport, where the Intermodal General Aviation Center now will be known as the Galbraith Terminal.

The couple made financial loans and gifts to complete construction of the airport building.

The two-story terminal, finished in October 2007, has a 64-space parking lot and a 12,200-square-yard aircraft parking ramp. Tenants include St. Petersburg Flying Services, Avis Rent A Car and the Hangar, a restaurant expected to open next spring.

The building cost $4 million to build. The city received a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation for $3.2 million to be released in portions over six years, and the Galbraiths gave the city an interest-free loan so that the project could begin. They also donated $400,000 for construction of the terminal.

The Galbraiths are former St. Petersburg residents who contributed to numerous institutions including Eckerd College, the Florida Orchestra and the Florida International Museum. They now live in Charlottesville, Va.


Supporters toured the new hospital during the annual All Children's Foundation Society banquet, starting in the cafeteria and dining area and the main lobby, then moving throughout the building.

And they honored community leader Darryl LeClair with the annual Belcher Award, named for the late William S. "Bill" Belcher, All Children's first hospital board chairman. Recipients are chosen based on their leadership, volunteerism and financial support of All Children's and advocacy for children's health.

LeClair is president and chief executive of Echelon, a private real estate company and co-owner of Corban OneSource, a human resource outsourcing company. Since 1997, he has served on the All Children's Hospital and Health System boards, including a number of committees, and he took part in the decision to build the new facility. His wife, Melissa, and their sons, Colton and Cody, also contribute financially and through volunteer work.

"What I truly love about All Children's can be found in its name," LeClair said. "It's all about children. And it's there for all children — no child is turned away."

Albert Whitted Airport terminal named for Galbraith philanthropists 12/05/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 5, 2009 3:31am]
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