Two generations of Midway volunteers

It’s not unusual to have family members volunteer together at Midway. However, one volunteering family stands out – the Sinclair Family. 

John volunteers with the exhibits department while his wife Kathy volunteers in the administrative office. For the Sinclair’s, volunteering didn’t stop with John and Kathy, their son Eric is a volunteer member of Midway’s safety team. 

 John, a retired parts handler at SDG&E, started as a shop foreman in 2016 helping organize and maintain Midway’s exhibits department. He’s brought outstanding fabrication skills and down to earth solutions the department. 

“John is a great teammate and has many years of experience as a handyman and is a skilled craftsman,” said Laurie Switzer, Midway’s director of volunteers. “His dry sense of humor is always accurately placed to break the tension or bring a smile to your face. He has proven to be a valuable member of the exhibit department staff getting what needs to be done quickly.”

Kathy, who also retired from SDG&E, joined the museum team short after John started volunteering.

“Kathy provides exceptional contributions to our administrative office,” said Lori Cartmill, Midway’s executive assistant. “She tackles a wide variety of important administrative tasks including updating databases for the active and former Board of Directors as well as other databases for board committee events.”

John and Kathy also help with various outreach efforts on and off ship on behalf of the marketing team.

Their son, Eric, decided to join the Navy after being inspired by his experiences as safety team volunteer at Midway. He recently a graduated from the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Command and now serves on the San Diego-based aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson. He continues to volunteer at the museum when he can.

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