U of M mourns loss of university supporter Dick Ames

Dick Ames. Photo: Ames Construction
Dick Ames.

January 30, 2019 06:00 PM

Dick Ames, a longtime supporter of the University of Minnesota and its athletic department, passed away Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Ames Construction.

He was 89. 


Mark Coyle, the U of M's Director of Athletics, said the following in a statement:

"We are saddened by the passing of Dick Ames, and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time. He was a great man, who cared deeply about the University of Minnesota and Gopher athletics. He was always willing to give his time and resources for the betterment of our students and was as loyal as they come. He will be greatly missed, but his philanthropic impact on our community will last forever." 

Head football coach P.J. Fleck also expressed his condolences through a statement:

"The University of Minnesota lost a great man today with the passing of Dick Ames. He welcomed Heather, myself and our family to Minnesota with open arms and was a tremendous individual and friend. I had the pleasure to get to know him on a personal and professional level and nobody cared more about the Gophers than Dick. He always wanted to know how he could help and wanted nothing more than to see his beloved Gophers succeed. Heather and I will miss his kindness and bright smile, and our thoughts are with his family and friends."  

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Ames founded Ames Construction in 1962. He turned his Minnesota-based company into one that has offices in Minnesota, five other states and works across North America.

The Gophers men's basketball team planned to honor Ames with a moment of silence prior to its game against Illinois Wednesday night.

Former head football coach Glen Mason also took the news to Twitter.

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