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Russell W. Lindquist


Russell W. Lindquist, an alumnus (’45) and long-time friend of the Law School, passed away Jan. 24, 2010, at age 88 in Minnetonka, Minn. A dedicated supporter of the Law School, he and his wife established the Avis and Russell Lindquist Scholarship in 2004 to assist students in financial need.

In 1948, Dorsey & Whitney recruited Lindquist specifically to develop a real estate department at the firm. His ensuing achievements are legendary. He and firm lawyers were involved in many of the area's most significant real estate transactions of the time, including development of the Southdale Shopping Center and building of the Metropolitan Stadium and the IDS Center. After putting together the Baker and Northstar blocks in downtown Minneapolis, Lindquist was the legal force behind creation of the skyway system that today links virtually the entire downtown.

Lindquist formally retired as a partner with Dorsey & Whitney in 1988, but he continued his close relationships through frequent attendance at partner meetings and volunteer activities. "Russ was an engaging and humble visionary, who had a twinkle in his eye and a kind word of support for all," said Managing Partner Marianne Short in a companywide email. "We are stronger because of his contributions and will miss him dearly."

He is survived by his wife, Avis Enstad Lindquist; sons Brian and Mark Lindquist; daughter Jill Hanson; stepsons Bruce and Paul Enstad; and several grandchildren.