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LUDWIG, Richard

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LUDWIG, Richard. (Dubuque, IA, Jan. 13, 1932--Dubuque, IA, Apr. 11, 2000). MAYOR Ludwig attended LORAS COLLEGE and then went into business with his mother and father as DUBUQUE LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANERS before serving in the Marine Corps from 1952-1955 during the KOREAN CONFLICT. When he returned to the family business, the name was changed to ALADDIN DRY CLEANERS.

In 1965 Ludwig served on Governor Harold Hughes' Assistance to the Elderly Committee. He chaired the Cities and Towns committee under Governor Robert Ray in 1969 and served as the president of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce in 1972.

Ludwig served on the Dubuque City Council from 1963 to 1967 including a term as mayor in 1967 as a leading proponent of URBAN RENEWAL. (1) During his term as mayor, the first DC-9 twin engine jet flight came to Dubuque. The school bond issue of that year was the largest at that time ever passed in Dubuque. Semi-trucks were banned from using the RHOMBERG BRIDGE and 843 city-owned ELMS were found to be infected with DUTCH ELM DISEASE and had to be removed. A bond issue for a new fire station was rejected by the voters and a major flood that year finally led to the construction of a FLOODWALL. VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK opened in August. In October, 1967 a record 16,813 citizens voted to replace anti-urban renewal councilmen.

Ludwig was a past president of the JAYCEES and a member of the board of directors of FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DUBUQUE and KLAUER OPTICAL COMPANY. He was active in many local charities and organizations including the United Way, Clarke College Advisory Board, DUBUQUE INDUSTRIAL BUREAU, chairman of PROJECT CONCERN, and board member of the Dubuque Office of Economic Opportunity. (2)



1. "Chronology," Telegraph Herald, December 31, 1967, p. 17

2. Hanson, Christine, "Ray Names Ludwig Head of Cities Unit," Telegraph-Herald, February 20, 1969, p. 1