Statue installed at Truly Nolen headquarters

By |  January 18, 2019
PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN OF AMERICA

PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN OF AMERICA

As Truly Nolen of America kicked off its 16th annual Manager Meeting on Jan. 15 at its Tucson, Ariz., headquarters, a special unveiling took place in the glass atrium of its training building. That morning, a bronze statue of company founder Truly David Nolen was unveiled. He is depicted as sitting on a bench with a special mouse feature to symbolize his beloved “mouse car.”

Nolen’s wife, Vickie, commissioned the creation of the statue and donated it to the Leadership Center. Local Tucson artists Lynn Rae Lowe, who worked on the bench; Linda Ahearn, who sculpted the statue; and Mark Rossi, who created the mouse, helped bring her vision to life.

“Truly was a brilliant and special man, and Tucson was always a special place to him,” Vickie Nolen says. “Our ‘home office’ has been in Tucson for over 60 years, and our employees train at our Leadership Center, so it seemed like the perfect place to have this statue and honor his legacy.”

An inscription on the bench reads: TRULY DAVID NOLEN (1928-2017): Leader, entrepreneur, aviator, sailor, diver, polio survivor. A man of integrity and resilience, with a wonderful sense of humor who lived his life by “The Golden Rule.” May the memories of Truly continue to inspire us all.

“This project took a year to complete, requiring multiple trips from where I reside in Florida to meet with the artists to get Truly ‘just right,’” Nolen says. “I thank Lynn Rae, Linda, and Mark who put so much time into making this statue the way I wanted it to be.”

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