At the occasion of a testimonial dinner for Eduard Lindeman in 1953, the last year of his life, a letter of tribute from the American Civil Liberties Union declared that 'a catalogue of Dr Lindeman's activities during his first seventy years might lead a careless visitor from Mars to believe that he was not aman but a syndicate'. On the same occasion a letter on behalf of the Adult Education Association of the United States written by Malcolm Knowles, then the Association's administrative coordinator, addressed the Association's tribute to Lindeman with the words 'you have been the one "elder statesman" in the field to whom the younger organizers of the new Adult Education Association have consistently and confidently turned for inspiration, moral support, and wise guidance'. Letters of tribute for this dinner were also received from organizations as diverse as the American Labor Education Service, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, the League for Industrial Democracy, the Society for Ethical Culture, the Planned Parenthood Federation of the USA, the Association on American Indian Affairs, the National Child Labor Education Committee, and the Women's Trade Union League.