Sam McMillan honored for 26 years on airport board

Retiring Airport Authority Board member Sam McMillan, left, accepts his plaque from another longtime board member, Ron Levander.
Sam McMillan, retired Albion dentist and pilot, was honored by the Albion Airport Authority last week for his 26 years of service on the board. He stepped down from the board several months ago.
Airplanes have been a part of Sam’s life since he was age seven or eight. He was raised on a cattle ranch in the southeastern corner of Blaine County, just north of the Custer County settlement of Milburn. The ranch, still in the family, is about 100 miles west of Albion.
The family acquired a Piper Cub airplane when Sam was seven years old, and it was flown by his older brothers with Sam and his little black dog often riding along in the passenger seat. The airplane saved time in chacking cattle and water conditions on the ranch.
After attending college and moving to Albion to practice dentistry, Sam earned his pilot’s license in 1973 after taking lessons from Gayle Anderson, local spray pilot and qualified instructor. He joined the Airport Authority Board a few years later and served with many longtime members.
Complete story in the July 20 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.