“President Tanner to Receive ‘Giant’ Award,” Ensign, Mar. 1978, 75
President N. Eldon Tanner, first counselor in the First Presidency, has been selected to receive the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s 1978 “Giant of Our City” award.
The award will be presented at a dinner in his honor March 29.
B. Z. Kastler, chamber president, said that President Tanner is being honored for helping to bring new, important buildings into the heart of Salt Lake City during the last fifteen years. “There has been more construction of major buildings in the heart of Salt Lake City in that period than in the previous hundred years, and President Tanner has played a major role in most of this construction,” Kastler said.
“President Tanner is also honored as a man of superior character, a successful businessman with deep spirituality, a towering leader who is esteemed by millions of people, both members and nonmembers of his Church around the world.”
Buildings that have either been completed or are being planned include the 30-story Church Office Building, 58-store ZCMI Center, Salt Palace, 26-story Beneficial Life Tower Building, Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, Deseret Gymnasium, Management Systems Corporation Building, Utah Power and Light Building, Deseret Book Building, Crossroads Plaza, Utah Symphony Concert Hall, 18-story Kennecott Building, and North Temple Parking structure.
President Tanner, who will be 80 on May 9, has served as a counselor in the First Presidency under four Church Presidents. Under President Spencer W. Kimball, he directs the financial activities of the Church in addition to other important responsibilities.