McGrew, Norman A. - Age 84 Of Minneapolis Survived by wife of 60 years, Kathryn. Graduate of Washburn High School, Hamline University, Business Administration, and Northwestern, graduate of U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management. Served in the U.S. Navy for 39 months. 40 years with the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. Two of his primary responsibilities were to bring major league sports to the state of Minnesota and to keep Northwest Airlines based in Minnesota. Senior consultant for Weber Shandwick (formerly Mona Meyer & McGrath Public Relations), involved in community relations, sports marketing, special events, aviation and management consulting for a variety of clients. Norm was an honorary life member of Washburn Student Council with Patty Berg, and founder and lifetime member of Twin Cities Dunkers. Norm belonged to many organizations, including Interlachen Country Club. Norm was commended by the declaration of 'Norm McGrew Day' (December 4, 1985) by mayor of Minneapolis, Don Fraser. He was also honored with the street just north of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome named "Norm McGrew Place" by the Minneapolis City Council. Memorials may be directed to the Twin Cities Dunkers Norm McGrew Scholarship Fund. A celebration of Norm's life will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 2 PM at the: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel (952) 920-3996.
Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 31, 2004.