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Don Harden, former Packers executive committee member, dies at 89

Harden served on executive committee for 20 years


Don Harden, a member of the Green Bay Packers' executive committee during the franchise's resurgence in the 1990s, died Thursday, March 28, in Naples, Fla. He was 89.

Harden was elected to the executive committee on Dec. 1, 1985, when Robert Parins was president. Four years later, Harden was part of the committee when Bob Harlan was chosen president to succeed Parins.

In all, Harden served on the executive committee for 20 years. He was moved to director emeritus in 2005. Harden had been named to the Packers' board of directors on June 4, 1984.

"Don's contributions to the Packers over his 20 years on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee were numerous," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "His experience in higher education and college athletics informed his unique perspective during a critical time in Packers history, including when the organization undertook the redevelopment of Lambeau Field."

"We share our condolences with Don's wife, Phyllis, and his family and friends."

Harden was associate chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay when he was named to the executive committee. During his time at UWGB, Harden was responsible for athletics from 1980-94.

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