Summarized by Kent Larsen
Law Firm's Library Gift Honor's Former Mission President
Eugene OR Register-Guard 22Mar00 P2
By Scott Maben: The Register-Guard
EUGENE, OREGON -- To honor the memory of a former partner, a Eugene
law firm donated $100,000 to a new city Library, naming the library's
Young Adult Center after the partner, former LDS mission president A.
Keith Martin. Martin passed away in January of a heart attack, while
attending the dedication of the Minneapolis St. Paul Minnesota
Temple. Martin served as Mission President of the Minnesota
Minneapolis Mission until last June.
The law firm, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. made the contribution to
the Eugene Public Library Foundation to honor Martin. "We are pleased
and honored to have this opportunity to support this important
community project, while honoring the memory of our longtime
colleague," the firm's president, Bill Gary, said in a statement.
"Keith was a wonderful role model for the youth of Eugene. It is
fitting that the Young Adult Center bear his name."
Martin, a specialist in municipal law, joined the firm in 1980 after
serving as city manager of Roseburg, Oregon from 1967 to 1970 and
assistant city manager of Eugene from 1970 to 1979. He had completed
a three-year leave of absence from the firm in June 1999 to preside
over the Minneapolis mission. He has also served as a bishop, stake
president and regional representative.
Construction on the new library is scheduled to begin later this
year. The library foundation has raised $3.2 million of the $4.5
million required for the project.