MISSOULA - Don Anderson Hall - the University of Montana School of Journalism's new home - will be dedicated Friday.
Anderson Hall will bring the print, photo and radio/television departments of the school back under the same roof for the first time in 30 years, a crucial move because of the increasingly multimedia nature of the industry, according to UM journalism dean Jerry Brown.
"I'm generally stunned by the beauty of it," Brown said recently.
The dedication will begin at 2 p.m. in front of the building. Speakers will include representatives of the journalism school, UM President George Dennison, Missoula Mayor John Engen and others.
After the formal presentations the building will open for public tours led by journalism faculty.
Anderson is best known for organizing the Lee Enterprises purchase of a number of Montana newspapers from the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. His 1978 obituary referred to him as the "Abraham Lincoln of Montana journalism" for his work in liberating Montana papers from their corporate stranglehold.
About 200 donors provided most of the funding for the $14 million building. Significant contributions came from Anderson's daughter and son-in-law, Sue and John Talbot of Missoula.
John Talbot, former publisher of the Missoulian, also was a Lee colleague of Anderson's, as was Lloyd Schermer, a former president of Lee Enterprises. Schermer and his wife, Betty - who now live in Aspen, Colorado - gave the largest personal contribution to the building.