Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Norman M. Lorentzsen
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Norman M. Lorentzsen was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of Norwegian immigrants. The family moved to Dilworth, Minnesota in the 1930s, where he and his father worked for the Northern Pacific Railway Company. He graduated from Concordia College, enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps, and served as a patrol bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre through 1945. Following the war he returned to work for Northern Pacific, and rose through the ranks to executive positions with Northern Pacific and its successor, Burlington Northern Inc. He served as president, CEO and a director of Burlington Northern through 1981. He was also involved in many civic activities. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Life and growing up during the Great Depression; education and work for Northern Pacific; service in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II; involvement in the growth of Northern Pacific, its merger with other railroads to form Burlington Northern Inc., evolution of the railroad and related transportation industries; and his civic and other corporate work.
Quantity 4 hours sound cassettes
77 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 184 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Lorentzsen, Norman Martin
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 08/16/2005 - 09/13/2005

Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.24
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'

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