Friday, June 12, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 19: Tony

Elmer and Tony Andersen

"The most important personnel change in 1971 was Tony's elevation to Fuller's presidency, at age thirty-five. I remained as chief executive officer. But as president, Tony had responsibility for all day-to-day activities and decisions. He was also the company's roving ambassador, scouring the world for new opportunities for Fuller. In a number of years in the 1970s, he was outside the United States more than two hundred days per year. Devotion to Fuller was nothing new for Tony. I always say that he started with the company when he was about six. He loved coming to the Eagle Street plant as a boy, and as soon as he was able, he was doing odd jobs. He spent his adolescent summers lugging barrels, labeling packing crates, and learning to operate mixing machines. After he graduated from Macalester College in 1957, he went to work full-time at Fuller. He has never wanted to work anywhere else."

Courtesy Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Family

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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