Wednesday, November 16, 2011

History Center adds an "Everyday Star" Judge William Lee to the Parkview Murosity Project.

Parkview Foundation will have an interesting mural added to its new Parkview Regional Medical Center. The idea to create a large mural that celebrates the generous people of our community led to the creation of a project called, "Murosity." It's an invented word combining "mural" and "generosity" to create the term murosity. Utilizing high school students, professional artists, celebrities and Parkview physicians and coworkers, 160 people in all, each painted a canvas to honor one of our region's Everyday Stars. Although each painting is fourteen-inches square in size, organized together through a mosaic of images, they form a large eight feet by twenty feet Everyday Star mural. When viewed from a distance, the mural appears to be a pleasant Indiana country scene. The canvases are intended to provide comfort and encouragement to those who view it in the waiting room of the new Parkview Emergency Department. Visitors will be able to see that the big picture is divided into individual canvases that can be enjoyed separately along with text that tells why the pictured Everyday Star was chosen.

The Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society's History Center is included among the separate canvases featuring Everyday Star Judge William C. Lee with supporting text. This one reads:

"A senior judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, William C. Lee received his undergraduate degree at Yale University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Chicago in 1962. He returned to his native Fort Wayne to practice law in 1962 and was named to the bench by President Ronald Regan in 1981. In 1988, he was recognized as Indiana Trial Judge of the Year, and he received the Huntington College Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1999.

From 1978 to 1981 Judge Lee was a member of the Board of Trustees for Fort Wayne Community Schools and served as its President from 1980 to 1981. He has been a member of the board of such civic organizations as Fort Wayne Fine Arts foundation; Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra; Fort Wayne Civic Theater; and Legal Aid of Fort Wayne, Inc.

Judge Lee served as President of the Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society in 1993, and again from 2002 to 2006 for a total of six terms...the most any one person has served in that office to date. While doing so, the Judge guided the organization to a return to prominence in the community, and reset it on a sound financial footing. Among the lasting legacies he has instituted as president has been leading the way in publishing the 2005 History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, which has become the "go to" history book for the county. When it became clear that Fort Wayne Community Schools no longer had funding available for students' visits to the " History Center ," it was Judge Lee who started the Heritage Education Fund. It ensures that the youth of this region might experience the unique benefits that one of the largest regional history museums can offer. This Everyday Star has made it possible that our community's' youth see and touch the rich heritage that is their home."

You can learn more about the Parkview Foundation Murosity Project by visiting

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