Wednesday, June 17, 2009

100th Birthday Celebration in Honor of Elmer L. Andersen

Today marks the centenary of the birth of Elmer Lee Andersen. To celebrate the day we have a special event planned. We hope you can join us. Just look for our buttons! "I'm for Elmer L."

What: 100th Birthday Celebration in Honor of Elmer L. Andersen
When: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Where: Willey Hall
Free and open to the public.

Throughout his 95 years, Elmer L. Andersen was no stranger to adversity, to the improbable idea, to the impossible dream. His vision and perseverance was applied to seemingly endless endeavors—from building an international corporation to championing fair housing—mentoring everyone along the way, from his shipping room crew to university presidents. The fruits of his life and unending optimism live on in the people he touched and the state he loved.
The evening will feature:

• music by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers;

• remarks by University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee, Andersen’s son Julian Andersen, and Star Tribune columnist and Andersen biographer Lori Sturdevant;

• showing of "Legacy of a Leader: Elmer L. Andersen," a new documentary on Andersen’s life and legacy;

• opening dessert reception for A Man’s Reach: A Transforming Life, our new exhibit exploring Andersen's broad interests, his philosophies regarding government and business practices, and his impact on the University, the state, and the nation

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