SEPTEMBER 6, 2012—A portrait of Walter Mondale (’56) hangs in the Dorsey & Whitney Foyer. The building is named in his honor. To date, he has achieved the highest-ranking government position, vice president, of all his fellow alumni. To say he has a presence at the Law School is an understatement. His presence is not just figurative; it is often physical as well. Walter Mondale is a committed member of the Law School community. He gives freely of his time, serving on the Cabinet for the Generations Campaign, sharing his thoughts in a forum on his newly published memoir, and participating in many additional events. He has been generous to the Law School in other ways, too.
Recently, he made two very meaningful donations to the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center: a gold President Jimmy Carter official inaugural medal and a bronze vice presidential medal. "The medallions are the centerpiece of a permanent exhibit in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center devoted to the life and career of Vice President Mondale," says Katherine Hedin, Rare Books and Special Collections Curator.
"They–along with letters, photographs, and documents–tell the story of Vice President Mondale's steadfast loyalty to fairness, justice, and openness in government. For students and visitors to the Law School, the medallions are a visible symbol of his commitment to the 'take care' clause of the Constitution, a phrase that has been a touchstone throughout his career."
He also has donated generously to our Partners in Excellence Annual Fund and has established an endowed scholarship. True to his spirit, requirements of the scholarship are broad to allow a wide variety of Law School students to benefit from his gift.
The Law School is proud to count Walter Mondale among its alumni and prouder still that he stands behind the educational experience it provided. Dean David Wippman reflects: "Walter Mondale's life and career epitomize the Law School's commitment to public service. His gift of the two presidential medals and his support for student scholarships exemplify his past service and his continuing desire to help today's students prepare for extraordinary careers of their own."