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March 15, 2002 - GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (March 15, 2002) - Grand Rapids Mayor John H. Logie has been selected by the Aquinas Emeritus College as its 2002 Emeritus Award recipient for his years of community leadership and service. Mayor Logie will receive this award at the Emeritus Evening, a dinner in his honor on Wednesday, May 22, which starts at 6 p.m. at Browne Center on the Aquinas College campus. The public is invited to attend. For information on Emeritus Evening or Aquinas Emeritus College, please call Mary Shefferly at 616-732-4466.

The Aquinas Emeritus College Board of Governors presents the Emeritus Award each year to a person, or persons, whose leadership, generosity and spirit of service have been sustained over many years, and whose dedication to the welfare of all citizens serves as a light to guide those who follow. In announcing its selection, the Board sited Mayor Logie's outstanding accomplishments in service to his community as exemplifying the College's tradition of service to others.

First elected Mayor of the city of Grand Rapids in 1991, Logie was re-elected in 1995 and in 1999. Under this leadership, the city has focused significant energy on economic development throughout the community and the revitalization of the downtown.

Mayor Logie worked to re-write and win passage of environmental clean-up legislation and to establish the 12 City Urban Core Mayors' group. His term has also been highlighted by the completion of major community projects including the Van Andel Museum, Surface Transit Center, Kent County Courthouse, Van Andel Arena and new Police Headquarters. Re-development projects have occurred on Ionia Street, Monroe Avenue and South Division. The $220 million new Convention Center will be finished at the end of 2003.

Logie is Of Counsel with the firm of Warner Norcross Judd, where he has practiced law for over 30 years. He works in the area of health law as well as condemnation and probate litigation.

The Aquinas Emeritus College, recognized for its excellence throughout the state of Michigan, supports lifelong learning for older adults. The program offers non-degree courses on a variety of timely subjects including literature, art, philosophy, history and computer science. Its faculty is composed of professors and teachers from Aquinas and other local universities, as well as other experts in their fields. This unique educational program is sustained by course fees and the Emeritus Evening.