Short take: Remembering Eddie Phillips

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2011 - 2:01 PM

Reports of Eddie Phillips’ death Friday in Minneapolis at age 66 couldn’t avoid mentioning his famous mother, whom generations of newspaper readers knew as "Dear Abby."

Those who knew Phillips realize he was much more than a well-born son. Phillips was a talented, community-minded businessman who modernized his family’s liquor business, launched Talenti Gelato, and made a sizeable philanthropic imprint in Minnesota. Until recently, he chaired the board of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

I knew Phillips as a gracious, friendly guy who scooped up gelato for guests and proudly showed off his business headquarters at 100 University Av. SE — the lovely old Pillsbury Library, which he beautifully preserved. His commitment to Minnesota history and public service reflect this state’s best business values.

Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist.

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