This past Sunday, over 500 people gathered at Mammoth Mountain to pay tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence on what would have been her 77th birthday.
The event featured a roster of speakers, a video about her achievements from Olympic historian Bud Greenspan, a display of photographs from her many accomplishments, and a chance for friends to share stories and memories.
I had the honor of joining a wonderful group of people who spoke personally and passionately of Andrea’s accomplishments and character. Several folks kindly requested that I post the text of my speech online, and you can read the PDF file here.
The speakers from the evening:
Welcome: Rusty Gregory
Ameen Kahn for Senator Barbara Boxer
Byng Hunt for Senator Diane Feinstein
Bill Reid for Representative Buck McKeon & Mono County
Fran Spivy-Weber & Art Baggett for the State of California
Tom Kelly for the United States Ski Team
Peggy White, childhood friend, through a video
Sally Miller & Deanna Dulen
Bud Greenspan tribute film to Andrea
Nina Winter Graham (also read a letter from Genny Smith)
Family & Friends
We scanned the program from the memorial for those of you who might wish to see it. The program can be viewed here. You can also read more about Andrea, including links to obituaries in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, in this post.
Top photo by Arya Degenhardt.