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Gerald A. Rauenhorst
Doctor of Laws

Candidate was presented by David A. Straz Jr., Chairman of the Board, Marquette University

Gerald A. Rauenhorst is known throughout the United States as a man who constructs buildings. At Marquette University, he is better described as a builder of futures for generations of our students.

Rauenhorst is the longest serving member of the Board of Trustees in the history of Marquette University. From 1970 to 2000, he was an instrumental member of that body, where he served as chairman from 1985 to 1987. He was elected trustee emeritus for life in 2000.

Jesus told a parable in which one person builds a house without a foundation while another lays a foundation on rock and then builds his house on this firm foundation. Rauenhorst has helped Marquette's students dig firm foundations so that the structures they later build can be sturdy enough to last a lifetime. Because of him, Marquette is a better university.

As a businessman, humanitarian, philanthropist and civic leader, he has had a profound influence in the business world as well as having a distinguished record of service to society. He is the founding chairman of Opus Corp., a design, construction and development firm headquartered in Minneapolis that has 27 offices throughout the United States. Since its inception in 1953, Opus has constructed more then 2,000 commercial and industrial projects across the country.

He has been married to Henrietta Rauenhorst for more than 50 years and has seven children.

Because of his commitment to the mission and values of Marquette University during his tenure as a student, an alumnus, and as a member of the Board of Trustees, and because of his commitment to a life in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Reverend President, I hereby recommend Gerald A. Rauenhorst for the Marquette University degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa.

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