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November 14, 2017


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Great man, great tribute, David.

Indeed. Thanks, Steve. We were at those Cubs games together—and at the Gingerman with Lou, afterward.

Lou, I'm so glad Anne and I had a chance to visit with you at the Fellows dinner in DC. Anne had never met you. As she and I were walking out into the hallway to see you and your wife I told her you were one of the truly great men I have known. "I can't miss this chance to say hi after all these years. You'll see what I mean." We talked about Door County, our years working in the same field in Chicago and, of course, our mutual love of sailing.
Thank you for giving so many people so much over the years.
Fair winds, Captain!
Jim Shaffer

Thanks for this - I never new Lou or why he is so lionized. Great piece and great context.

Hey Lou,

Long time no see, old friend. It's been some 40 years since we first met, and yet, it truly seems like yesterday. The times I was out of work and called, you always made me feel like my next job was right around the corner, and you were always right. When I asked for advice on starting and running my own firm, you gave it gladly, letting me know that I could always call you. Lou, my memories of you are of a great man, communicator, business leader, sounding board, booster and friend. But, what I most remember is how you always told it like it is. No varnish or whitewash. It served you well, as it did whomever you were addressing. Love you, man. And thank you.

Thanks for this "living tribute." Your blog post shows us that Lou provided great lessons in media relations, crisis management, and association management. So happy to have been coached by him for my leadership service to IABC.

Kind, generous, warm, erudite, authentic, sensitive and smart, very smart. That's our Lou. An artist in every sense of the word.

I can`t tell you how much it means to me to read such beautiful tributes about my dad. As I read your accounts I can see that man every step of the way. I loved the way people would stand in awe of my dad and then as they got to know him they would be welcomed into his pure and natural character. The beautiful thing about great men is that they always make you feel you are number one.
Thank you

Terri, I've stared at this photograph a lot over the last couple of days, just to feel like I felt when a dude of this magnitude looked at me this way. That's a hell of a dad, you had.

A true renaissance man. I was always proud that he was my dad, but prouder that I am his daughter!

I know Lou as a wonderfully talented woodworker here in Door County. He has been a member of our local Art Crawl for a few years; even when he was feeling ill he gave input to our group and showed great strength. We have all been impressed by his and Mary's warmth and presence. I knew that he is a man of many talents, but this tribute put all the pieces together. My heart goes out to Lou, Mary, all their family and all of his colleagues. So many lessons to be learned from this man.

Lou was the first person I met when I joined IABC and was the best teacher and supporter I could have asked for when I became Chair of the organization. John Gerstner's description of Lou is right on: "An artist in every sense of the word."
With love...and thanks,
Wilma Mathews

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