Leonard F. Ramberg was born on January 10, 1906. His career was centered on business and civic affairs. He was elected a Minneapolis Public Schools director in 1948, a City Council Alderman from 1945 to 1949; he was Minneapolis Postmaster 1954 - 57; a founder and President of the Citizens League of Minneapolis and Hennepin County; and at various times Chairman of the Minneapolis YMCA General Board; President of the American Swedish Institute; Chairman of the Augsburg College Board of Regents from 1966 - 1972.
In 1988 he received the Minneapolis Rotary “Service above Self” award, even though he was not a member.
In business he was at times Corporate Secretary of the Glenwood-Inglewood Water Company, Treasurer of the Burma-Vita Company and then made a career at Northwestern National Bank from which he retired as Senior Vice President in 1971.
He was a founding Director of the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden in 1952 and remained on the Board until 1972 after which he was an honorary director until 1976. Mr. Ramberg also served as the Friends Treasurer during the first two years of our organization and as Vice-President in 1960 and 1961. He and other long-time directors were invited to attend the 1977 25th Annual Meeting of the Friends (June 4) and say a few words. Mr. Ramberg stated he became interested in the garden through Mr. Clinton Odell. He stated that the garden was a tribute to the interest and work of Mr. Odell who really believed in the need for it. Mr. Ramberg then expressed his appreciation for the invitation to be with us on this occasion.
That was his last known meeting with the Friends. He passed away on Oct. 22, 1988.
Reference: Minutes of The Board of Directors and other documents of the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc.; Augsburg College documents, Minneapolis Tribune. Text by Gary Bebeau.