MINNEAPOLIS — A memorial service honoring the life and legacy of former Vice President Walter Mondale will be held at the University of Minnesota on Sunday, May 1.
The service, an afternoon of remembrance and reflection, is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northrop Auditorium on the Minneapolis campus. The event will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.
There will be no memorial service for the former vice president in Washington, DC
Mondale died in Minneapolis on April 19, 2021, at the age of 93.
Born in Ceylon, Minnesota, in 1928, he was appointed to his first public office, Attorney General of Minnesota, by Governor Orville Freeman in 1960. Four years later, Governor Karl Rolvaag selected him to serve as the US Senate that Hubert Humphrey released after being elected Vice President. Mondale was first elected to the Senate in 1966 and re-elected in 1972.
When Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for president in 1976, he chose Mondale as his running mate. After Carter and Mondale were defeated in their re-election bid in 1980, the former vice president resumed practicing law.
Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, but he lost the election in a landslide to Republican President Ronald Reagan. He returned to private law practice in Minneapolis in 1987.
President Bill Clinton appointed him Ambassador to Japan in 1993.
When US Senator Paul Wellstone, who was running for re-election, died in a plane crash in 2002, Democrats in Minnesota chose Mondale to replace the senator on the ballot. Republican Norm Coleman narrowly beat Mondale for that seat.
In retirement, Mondale often taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs.