The life of Sandra Gardebring — former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, state commissioner and educator — will be honored with a memorial service Aug. 24 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.
Gardebring died last month in California.
Her four decades of public services included the state Supreme Court stint, work as a special assistant in the Minnesota attorney general’s office, director of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and head of the regional enforcement division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She chaired the Metropolitan Council and was state commissioner of the Department of Human Services and a member of the state Appeals Court.
She and her husband, former state legislator Paul Ogren, moved to California in 2004, after Gardebring got a job offer at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, where the couple owned a home and planned to retire.
The Aug. 24 memorial will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with a program at 5:30 p.m.
Organizers of the memorial sent this list of “Sandra’s 10 rules to live by”:
- Don’t be a jackass
- Listen more than you talk
- Find time in every day to reach out to someone
- Always: Please — and — Thank You
- You can’t over-communicate important ideas
- Don’t eat at your desk or in your car
- You don’t have to be at every meeting
- You can accomplish a lot more if you don’t care who gets the credit
- Tell the people you love that you love them
- Everything does not have to match.