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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business

I have been invited to lunch today to pay honor to one of Utah's great citizens. Louis H. Callister is stepping down as the chairman of the law firm Callister Nebeker and McCullough. He will become "of council" for the future.

Lou has been with the firm for over 40 years. He graduated from the University of Utah's College of Law in 1961 and joined the firm that was started by his father. He became chairman in 1985.

Lou is a great guy. He has done so much for his profession and his community. It would take much, too much time to highlight all of his accomplishments and contributions. Let me just mention a few of his involvements. He was on the University Hospital Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of Governors at LDS Hospital; a director of American Stores; chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for the Economic Development Corporation of Utah; vice chairman of the U's Board of Trustees. He was named Alumnus of the Year at the U's College of Law and received an honorary doctor of law degree from the University of Utah. He presently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Grand Canyon Trust. And the list goes on and on.

Some months ago, I told of the Edward Gunnell Callister Foundation. Lou and his wife Ellen founded it to build awareness of neurological and behavioral conditions that predispose children and adults to substance abuse and other self-destructive coping mechanisms. The foundation works to improve understanding and treatment of these disorders.

Well, Lou has decided to spend more time with the Edward G. Callister Foundation and also find more opportunities to enjoy his much loved home in Moab and spending more time with his children and 14 grandchildren. You can be assured that Lou will still be very visible and involved. He just isn't the type to really retire and do nothing.

I'm proud to consider myself a friend of Louis H. Callister and join his many friends in saying "Thanks for all you have done for Utah and best wishes of your new adventures in life."

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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