Indianapolis International Keeping Name

Road, New Terminal To Be Named After Weir Cook

The Indianapolis International Airport board on Friday reaffirmed their plan not to rename the airport after Col. Harvey Weir Cook, an aviator in both world wars.

Instead, the road leading to the new terminal building will be named H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive and the terminal itself will also be named after the colonel, 6News' Julie Pursley reported.

"We would have liked to have seen it go all the way and have the airport named after him, but this is a step in the right direction," said Tom Cook, Weir Cook's grandson.

Indianapolis International was named Weir Cook from 1944 to 1976. The City-County Council had endorsed the airport name change back to Weir Cook, but the decision was left up to the airport board.

Board members said they wanted to be mindful of tradition and honor Weir Cook's accomplishments but didn't want to alter the airport's identity.

"I think there is a real effort throughout the city to try to put focus on the Indianapolis brand name through all of the things we are doing," said Randall Tobias, board president.

The board's resolution also calls for an exhibit in the new terminal dedicated to Weir Cook, complete with a statue, plaque and display case.