The loss of one of our own: SWABrian

Old Feb 28, 13, 3:36 pm
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The loss of one of our own: SWABrian

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news that we have lost a very dear member of our Southwest Airlines family. Brian Lusk, our official Southwest Airlines Corporate Historian, passed away this morning. Many of you here on this forum know him as SWABrian and throughout the years he has provided a wealth of information related to Southwest Airlines and the aviation industry. I have never met another person who had such a passion for aviation and loved to share that passion with anyone he came in contact with. We will always remember Brianís clever comebacks, witty jokes around the office, and of course his Flashback Friday posts on our corporate blog. We will also never forget the many contributions he has made to our Company over his many years of service. An archive of Brianís Flashback Friday and other aviation related posts can be found here: Please join us all in taking a moment to think of Brian and his family during this time.

Thank you

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Old Feb 28, 13, 3:54 pm
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I met Brian. He was as much a prince in person as he was on this forum.

Southwest's historian is part of this forum's history too.

May I suggest to Southwest a project in Brian's honor? I'd like to see a virtual wall walk of the historical displays all up and down the hallways at HQ. Hire Google to bring their mapping camera in and run it through the halls. Link to it from blogsouthwest and dedicate it to Brian.
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Wow, this is incredibly sad news.

While I never had the opportunity to meet Brian in person, his commentary here at FT was always greatly appreciated. I am so sorry to hear of his passing...he will be greater missed in our forum as well as at Southwest.

Brian R.I.P.
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Old Feb 28, 13, 8:23 pm
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A real trooper for WN.

Our condolences to his family.
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Old Feb 28, 13, 9:10 pm
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Condolences to Brian's family and the Southwest family. Brian will be greatly missed by all. He was quite the positive contributor on this forum as he was always willing to lend a helping hand to any of us with our questions/comments/issues.
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Old Feb 28, 13, 9:25 pm
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This is a great loss for Southwest airlines.

Like many long time flyertalkers, I got to know Brian from his posts on Flyertalk. His love and family history of aviation was apparent.

Brian Lusk graciously gave my family and I a tour of Southwest headquarters two years ago. We immediately felt welcome and he made us feel that we were the most important part of his day. He was a walking encyclopedia on every piece of Southwest Airlines / Love Field history. He showed us the archives room and we could immediately tell how happy he was managing that area. It was very fitting that he was later appointed as Southwest's first corporate historian.

We got to see him further at additional events including the Oskosh Airventure show and the inaugural revenue flight of Warrior One. A funny moment was when we told him we were at Oskosh Airventure just for the day. He looked at us like we were absolutely nuts. He told us that he needs almost an entire week to get through the entire show.

Rob posted a link to Brian's Flashback Friday series. Each weekly installment made for great reading and helped further my interest in the behind the scenes life of the Southwest Airlines family.

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Very, very sad news...indeed. I always enjoyed, and learned a great deal from, Brian's posts. Brian's love of Southwest and his genuine caring for the customer always came through in all he posted.

R.I.P., Brian. My condolences and prayers to your friends and family.
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Old Feb 28, 13, 10:17 pm
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OMG this can't be. SWABrian had such a presence on this forum and I will forever be appreciative for his replies to my postings. May Brian RIP. I'm so sorry to learn of his passing. May his family be blessed with the happy memories.

BTW is there a place where we can send our condolences to the family even if its via e-mail? Can Flyertalk complile memorable posts where Brian was helpful so the family knows how he helped us to know more about WN.

I met Brian as well he was truly a wealth of knowledge.

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Originally Posted by SouthwestRob View Post
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news that we have lost a very dear member of our Southwest Airlines family.
And our family, no matter what prodigal sons to Southwest and this board some of us have become.*

I wish I'd had an inkling that this was near at least a day sooner.

But he always knew how I felt.

* BTW, absolutely no one would ever believe who alerted me to this.

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Old Mar 1, 13, 6:20 am
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While I never met Brian, I do feel that I knew him. He was clearly one of those people who gave more than he took.
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My condolences. I have missed seeing him post on FT (no disrespect to the current social media presence), and had hoped to meet him in person if I ever got to visit HQ. A sad day...

P.S. - I second nsx'x idea!

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Old Mar 1, 13, 8:25 am
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I would also like to express my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Brian. Though I am a relative newcomer to this forum, I know that Brian was a real asset to both this forum and SWA, with a true passion for what he did.

Remembering Brian...

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I'd also like to express my condolences - he will certainly be missed!
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Old Mar 1, 13, 9:12 am
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Oh this is horrible news! I was thinking of him just the other day. I never got a chance to meet him in person, but he was a wonderful ambassador for Southwest and a model of the values which Herb held dear in terms of treating customers (and I presume, other colleagues).
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