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University honors students who found love in elevator in ’72

This Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, photo provided by Temple University shows a plaque commemorating a 45-year relationship that began when Sharyn Rubin first met Eric Schlesinger as he held open elevator doors in a dorm for her during move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, with the plaque installed outside the elevator where they met at the university in Philadelphia. Rubin introduced herself days later at a college mixer by walking up to Schlesinger and saying, “Hi, Mr. Elevator Man.” She died last year from colon cancer. The quote is now affixed to the elevator, which will be named for Shari Rubin Schlesinger on Friday. (Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University via AP)

This Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, photo provided by Temple University shows a plaque commemorating a 45-year relationship that began when Sharyn Rubin first met Eric Schlesinger as he held open elevator doors in a dorm for her during move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, with the plaque installed outside the elevator where they met at the university in Philadelphia. Rubin introduced herself days later at a college mixer by walking up to Schlesinger and saying, “Hi, Mr. Elevator Man.” She died last year from colon cancer. The quote is now affixed to the elevator, which will be named for Shari Rubin Schlesinger on Friday. (Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator.

Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger briefly met on move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a dorm building elevator. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Rubin formally introduced herself a few days later at a college mixer, walking up to Schlesinger and saying, “Hi, Mr. Elevator Man.”

The quote is now affixed to the elevator, which will be named for Shari Rubin Schlesinger on Friday.

She died last year from colon cancer. She and her Elevator Man had been married for more than 42 years.

Eric Schlesinger says meeting his future wife in the elevator was “the most important thing” that happened to him at Temple.