Dedicated Friend Gives Back
Harry Maier is a Renaissance man whose titles include journalist, business advocate, volunteer, philanthropist, family man, athlete, leader, man of faith and difference-maker within his community. He has had the honor of knowing all seven St. Norbert College presidents—and they have had the honor of knowing him. Harry attended St. Norbert College in 1947 as a returning veteran of World War II, and transferred to UW-Madison, where he received a degree in journalism in 1951. He spent 42 years in the newspaper business, including 22 years as business editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette; currently he is a freelance writer for The Business News.
From 1993 through 2004, Harry served St. Norbert College as consultant to the president for community relations. He helped plan the college’s centennial celebration in 1998, and his car still sports the personalized license plate “SNC — 100.” As a member of the college’s CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series committee, he helped select more than 128 guest speakers over a span of 20 years.
In 2004, Harry received the Distinguished Service to the College Award in honor of his many contributions.
In addition to being an enthusiastic booster for St. Norbert College, Harry supports many other community organizations. In his earlier years, they included the Bay Area Community Council, Boy Scouts, United Way, Unity Hospice, Brown County Homeless and Housing Association, Youth Resources Council, Brown County Mental Health Association, and the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners.
Currently, Harry is involved with the Allouez/Green Bay Kiwanis Club, The Salvation Army, Friends of the Brown County Library, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Patrick Church, and is one of six founders of the Green Bay Curling Club, started in 1958. Harry also is one of the founders of Co-Care Inc., which owns and operates the 86-unit Fort Howard Apartments for low-income adults.
Beginning as a statistician in 1958, Harry held various assignments in the Green Bay Packers’ press box and smilingly calls himself “press box chief emeritus.”
Since 1993, he has served as a member of the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, which is responsible for economic development projects throughout Green Bay. He has been RDA chairman since 2002.
In 2007, Harry was named Badger of the Year by the Brown County chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
Harry believes in being involved, making a difference, and giving back to the community. He is most proud of his family: his wife, Marian, to whom he has been married for 63 years; his four children and their spouses; and his nine grandchildren, three of whom attended St. Norbert.
Harry and Marian consider the college a significant community asset and are enthusiastic supporters. Harry has awarded a scholarship annually since his retirement in 2004. He and Marian have supported many St. Norbert projects, including the Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, which opens this spring.
Harry and Marian have also included St. Norbert College in their estate plan, which ensures that their legacy as leaders and role models will live on. Their passion to make a difference and their dedication to the college and this community are inspiring.