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Donna Shalala and Robert F. FroehlkeDonna Shalala and Robert F. Froehlke

Heritage Foundation

Robert F. Froehlke

1999 Heritage Foundation Award Winner

A Wisconsin native who has lived his life in service to his communities, his state and his nation received Marshfield Clinic's Heritage Foundation Award.

Robert F. Froehlke, the second recipient of the award, was honored during the Heritage Foundation's meeting on June 23, 1999. Froehlke's wife, Nancy, three of their four children and his best friend, Melvin R. Laird, were among about 200 friends packed into the auditorium named after him in the Laird Center for the presentation ceremony.

Donna Shalala, former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Secretary of Health and Human Services, came from Washington, D.C. to be a guest speaker. And via videotape, fond and folksy well-wishes were expressed by former First Lady Barbara Bush and former Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus. Office holders in 1999, U.S. Senators John Warner of Virginia and John Chaffe of Rhode Island, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, UW Chancellor David Ward and Clinic President William Hocking, M.D., also offered their congratulations to Froehlke.

Laird described Froehlke as a "person without pretense, of great loyalty to friends and common sense judgement. He cares about people, about Marshfield Clinic and UW-Madison, and the nation."

Froehlke's wife said she chose him as her husband because she believed "he would make something of himself."

She says she thinks he has.

Read Robert F. Froehlke's biography.



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