CTS Director Laurie McGinnis on the passing of Congressman James Oberstar



MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/03/2014) —Below is a statement from CTS Director Laurie McGinnis on the news of the death of Congressman James L. Oberstar last night.

"Jim Oberstar was a true friend to transportation research and innovation at the University of Minnesota. At heart, he was an educator and storyteller who loved talking to students about their studies and their research. Jim amazed us all with his ability to recall detailed transportation facts and figures when making a point about a particular issue. Over ten years ago, CTS and the University founded the James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Policy and Technology to provide a venue for national, state, and academic leaders to gather and generate a 'cornucopia of ideas' for the latest transportation issues of the day. Jim was always in the middle of those debates and discussions sharing his passion and knowledge with everyone in attendance, then taking what he learned back to Washington to share with his colleagues in Congress."


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