University of Louisville Magazine

FALL 2013

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Alumni Alumni Spotlights David Karem, 69L and Patti Linn, 88GE Alumni turn community attention back to the river From his downtown Louisville offce, David Karem, 69L, has a unique view of the Ohio River — one he helped create. The chair and now executive director of Louisville's Waterfront Development Corp., Karem spearheaded the transformation of an industrial scrap heap of rusted cars and piles of sand and gravel into one of the top 10 urban parks in the United States. Waterfront Park draws 1.5 million people a year. "It's constant. They come from all areas of the city and elsewhere, young and old, to jog, read a book, enjoy their lunch, watch their children play, fy a kite — there's now life by the river," he said. Downriver, Patti Linn, 88GE, has a much different view at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, but a similar public mission. The historic home, built in 1837, features outbuildings, exhibits and archaeological digs which show visitors how the river — and the people who lived on its banks — shaped the community. As part of the Louisville Metro Parks system, it also provides a venue for special events. Linn, as site manager, leads it all. "It has been wonderful to make it possible for the public to experience and enjoy the incredible beauty of the river," she said. 70 | LOUISVILLE.EDU

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