Caroline “Connie” N. Luhta of Concord Township is among 10 older Ohioans that were honored for a lifetime of accomplishments with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in Columbus. She joins more than 450 individuals who have been inducted since 1977.
Luhta has served seven terms as Concord Township trustee and is regarded as “a politician with no enemies” for her ability to unite people toward a cause. She also is an accomplished pilot and is regarded as a pioneer for women in aviation. She and her late husband founded the Concord Air Park, which she still operates today. Earning her pilot’s license at a time when female pilots were rare, she has made a name for herself by competing in more than 35 different types of air races and instructing others in flight. She is the motivating force of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland and, as a nationally known speaker for aviation, continues to be an inspiration for aspiring young aviators.
The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60.
Luhta and the other inductees were recognized by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the 131st Ohio General Assembly at a ceremony in May at the Ohio Statehouse.