Ed Rasmuson is a third generation Alaskan whose roots go back to 1901 when his grandparents came to Alaska to serve as missionaries with the Swedish Covenant Church in Yakutat. From a young age, he was involved in the family banking business, National Bank of Alaska (NBA), working his way up from assistant cashier to chairman of the board. In 2001, NBA was sold to Wells Fargo Bank. He also chairs the Rasmuson Foundation, which focuses on sustainable giving that promotes a better life for Alaskans throughout the state.
Ed started flying at age 16, and received his license at age 17. When he was a boy visiting the Museum of Flight in Seattle, he noticed that many historic Alaskan planes were now being displayed in Seattle. He vowed at that time to do his part to help preserve Alaska’s aviation heritage. The Rasmuson family has been involved with the Alaska Aviation Museum shortly after its creation in 1986. They donated personal and corporate wealth to assist in the development and growth of the Museum and Ed donated considerable personal time. Several major aircraft have been donated to the Museum by the Rasmusons, and their contributions have ensured that the Museum has survived and grown in their mission to preserve Alaska’s aviation history.
* This information was retrieved from Ed Rasmuson’s Alaska Legislative citation, issued in 2011.