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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Remembering Fred Meijer

Dec. 7, 1919 to Nov. 25, 2011

  Fred Meijer

“People deserve a place that inspires them, challenges them, and offers opportunities to consider the beauty and mysteries of the human experience.”

Fred Meijer
Opening of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids, MI, 1994

On Nov. 25, Michigan lost one of our most-outstanding humanitarians. Fred Meijer’s legacy will live on for generations not only because of his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, but also for his strong civic nature and generous contribution to community arts and humanities.

In keeping with the tradition that Fred and his father before him started with their first thrifty food market, the Meijer business model is one that embraces community, family and civic engagement. Exemplifying this tradition is the extraordinary commitment Fred and his wife, Lena, have made to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, as well as the multitude of additional community projects around the state and Midwest. The Michigan Humanities Council is fortunate to have the support of Meijer for the Great Michigan Read since the program’s inception in 2007.

The board and staff wish to express our condolences and gratitude to Fred Meijer’s family and many colleagues who partnered with him in making this world a better place throughout his lifetime.


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