Founding Fathers of NMC. Traverse City Board of Education, 1951.
Northwestern Michigan College was established by these men under the Traverse City Board of Education.
Cherry Festival Parade, 1975
Les Biederman was the Grand Marshall
Les Biederman was on the Board of Trustees from 1955-1979. He was Chaiman for 24 years. Les was considered a founding father of the College. Les Biederman was also a great champion of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. He went to Washington to see that NMC had a federal sanction for the academy. His generosity not only included being on the Board of Trustees and actually going to Washington but also included funding for the Biederman building and the clock tower.
1959 - (from left to right) Board of Trustees Bill Milliken, Andy Olson, Mark Osterlin, Jack Votey, Julius Sleder, and Les Biederman