On Wednesday, October 20, Miami-Dade Aviation Department officials provided a tour of “the new MIA” to a special guest from the airport's past - Dr. James J. Hutson, Corporate Medical Director for Eastern Airlines and Pan Am Airlines from 1953 to 1995 and the grandson of Jackson Memorial Hospital founder Dr. James M. Jackson. After receiving a call from Dr. Hutson requesting to “ride the train at the airport,” MDAD officials granted Dr. Hutson's request for a ride on the Concourse D skytrain, which opened on September 15, and a tour of other recently opened North Terminal facilities.
Dr. Hutson (center) rides the Concourse D skytrain with Miami-Dade Aviation Department Terminal Operations and Customer Service Director Dickie Davis, Executive Assistant Marcia Fernandez-Morin and his son-in-law, Jerry Derbish. MDAD Deputy Director Ken Pyatt and Dickie Davis hosted Dr. Hutson for lunch after his tour.
Most notable in Dr. Hutson's storied career were serving as the medical director on the scene of the Eastern Airlines crash in the Everglades in 1972 and being a “doctor to the stars,” treating historic figures such as Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Eddie Rickenbacker and Dick Merrill. A retired U.S. Navy flight surgeon with an avid love for aviation and the history of Miami who served during World War II and the Korean War, Dr. Hutson now lives in Hialeah.