Donors, new carillon pay tribute to Chancellor Weidner

carillon-featureSome final landscaping touches, a dedication ceremony and the first concert are coming together to inaugurate use of the Edward W. Weidner Memorial Carillon at UW-Green Bay.

carillon-014A dedication ceremony was set for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, with brief remarks by family and friends, a twenty-minute demonstration of the carillon and selected pre-recorded melodies, and an invitation-only reception.

The 35-foot tall carillon dedicated to Weidner’s memory was installed in late May on the knoll just east of the University Union.

carillon-03Family members, friends and former colleagues were among the donors contributing to the purchase and installation. No state dollars were used in the approximately $75,000 project.

Weidner, UW-Green Bay’s first chancellor, led the University from his appointment as its first employee in 1966 through his retirement as chancellor in 1986. He remained in Green Bay and was a driving force on behalf of various University and community initiatives. A carillon, those close to him say, was part of his long-term wish list for the campus he founded.

carillon-054carillon-063Weidner died on June 6, 2007. The carillon dedication coincides with the second anniversary of his passing.

For more on the carillon itself, see the news release.

See a time-lapse video of the carillon’s arrival and installation.

See a related feature on UW-Green Bay alumna Prof. Cheryl Grosso, a noted percussionist chosen to compose the on-the-hour chime melody, and listen to an audio file of the music.

(Photos this page by Kimberly Vlies, Office of Marketing and University Communication.)

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