Al Neuharth memorial celebration is May 17 at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The life of media visionary and South Dakota native Al Neuharth will be celebrated with a public tribute on Friday morning, May 17, at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater.

Neuharth, founder of USA TODAY, Freedom Forum and the Newseum, died April 19 in his Cocoa Beach, Fla., home from complications of a fall.  He was 89.

The memorial celebration will begin at 10 a.m., May 17, in Slagle Hall’s Aalfs Auditorium, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, S.D. Doors will open at 9 a.m. A reception and luncheon, also open to the public, will follow at the Al Neuharth Media Center, located nearby on the USD campus at 555 Dakota St., Vermillion.

The family is planning a private burial in Neuharth’s hometown, Eureka, S.D., sometime later this spring.

Neuharth, a 1950 USD alumnus, visited South Dakota frequently in his later years. Because of his appreciation for the state, its people and their free spirit, he directed that a “final celebration” be held at USD and he will be buried on what he called “the sacred soil of South Dakota.”

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