Mission Preservation Foundation

Wylie A. Aitken, Esq.
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Wylie Aitken

Wylie Aitken

Wylie Aitken was born in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Santa Ana College and Cal Sate Fullerton (then called Orange State). He received a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University in 1965, and is a founding partner of Aitken Aitken & Cohn in Santa Ana.

Mr. Aitken joined the Board at the suggestion of fellow directors Tony Moiso, Bob McDonough, and Mike Hagan, “with the thought, among other things, that my North County roots would broaden the base for Mission San Juan Capistrano, a countywide and national treasure.” It’s his hope, in fact, that all of Orange County will embrace its Mission as “‘their’ treasure, and not just that of the San Juan Capistrano community.”

Among his many duties on the Board, he is working to find funding sources within the government and private foundations to fund Mission preservation. He lists the Mission’s strengths as its glorious tradition, success in its preservation efforts, symbolism to people of all faiths, strong board, “even stronger Executive Director” and the support received from Mission Monsignor Arthur Holquin and Bishop of Orange Tod Brown.

Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, Executive Director, expressed her gratitude for Mr. Aitken’s service on the Board, remarking, “Wylie has been a huge supporter of the Mission and its need for State preservation funding. He brings regional support to Orange County’s only mission and has been instrumental in getting wider recognition for support of its education and museum programs.”

Outside of the office, Mr. Aitken loves tennis and enjoys involvement in public policy issues, particularly related to education. He is married to wife Bette and has three children, “all of whom are attorneys and are married to attorneys,” and seven grandchildren.