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Former director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority dies

Adolph N. Ojard
Adolph N. Ojard(CBS 3 Duluth)
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS3) - A prominent face in the Great Lakes maritime industry has died.

Adolph N. Ojard passed away on December 30, 2021, at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia, surrounded by his family.

He was 72 years old.

Ojard served as the former executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority as well as president of the American Great Lakes Ports Association.

The son of a tug boat captain, he spent his career working a number of jobs in the industry.

Following his time with the Port Authority, Ojard retired with his wife, Leigh Ann, to Georgia, to be closer to their two daughters.

In a statement, the current executive director of the Port Authority, Deb DeLuca, called Ojard a strong advocate for the port.

“In addition to being a vibrant personality with deep roots on the North Shore, Adolph was a strong advocate for the Port of Duluth-Superior and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. Maritime and railroad business threaded through his entire life, beginning with his boyhood days aboard the Edna G tugboat and early jobs with the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railway. He became a true giant of the port world and an absolute original. We’re grateful for his thoughtful leadership of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and his contributions to our region. We’ll miss him greatly.”

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