John A. Lindquist has spent a lifetime supporting the greater Ogden community. His community service dates back to World War II, when he served as a bombardier-navigator in the United States Air Force. Following his return to Utah, Lindquist became active in the Ogden Chamber of Commerce. As president of the chamber, he helped create the Weber Economic Development Corporation and Ogden Industrial Development Corporation—entities that helped build and fill the Weber Industrial Park.
Lindquist worked to create the Ogden-Eccles Conference Center and helped to restore Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater and Union Station, as well as save the Ben Lomond Hotel. In 1981, Lindquist was part of the original committee to raise funds to build the Hill Air Force Museum and restore WWII planes. He continues that work today.
Lindquist’s ties to WSU date back to the late 1930s, when he attended Weber College and was a student body officer. Through the years, he has generously supported cultural, academic, athletic and student activities and programs at Weber State. The Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks event, held annually on campus in July, has delighted audiences for more than 25 years. Lindquist’s generosity has helped create such campus landmarks as the Ada Lindquist Plaza and the Lindquist Alumni Center. From 1987 to 1995 he served as a member of the WSU Board of Trustees and he continues to serve on the WSU Foundation Board and National Advisory Council.