University of Louisville Magazine

FALL 2012

The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.

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"The University of Louisville has had tremendous infl uence on the lives of my family." — Owsley Brown Frazier A Lifetime of Giving His name is synonymous with everything "happening" at UofL. A true Renaissance man, Owsley Brown Frazier, dedicated Louisville philanthropist, former executive of Brown-Forman Corporation, devoted Louisville Cardinal fan, museum developer, and loving father and grandfather, died August 16, 2012, at age 77 after a long illness. Owsley Brown Frazier's lifetime of giving extended from launching buildings and playing fi elds to a love of sport and supporting to other causes, including the Family Scholar House (formerly Project Women). Frazier was a fourth-generation descendant of wine and spirits giant Brown-Forman Corporation founder George Garvin Brown and worked for Brown-Forman for 45 years, retiring in 2000 as vice chairman of the company. Retirement, however, was not in Frazier's vocabulary. He turned his efforts to launching a world-class international history museum and continued his long-established practice of giving back to the community he loved through staggering philanthropic gifts. Frazier was passionate in his efforts to help UofL meet its statutory mandate of becoming a premier 1955 Frazier begins his 40-year career at Brown-Forman Corp. 1960 Bachelor in Law (LLB) from UofL 1983 1935 Owsley Brown Frazier is born in Louisville 20|LOUISVILLE.EDU 1969 Juris Doctorate from UofL Named vice chairman of Brown-Forman Corp. research university. Together with his family, he donated more than $50 million to the university, including a $25 million unrestricted gift announced in December 2011. For Owsley Brown Frazier, it was simply what he wished for his beloved alma mater. A Life's Work A native and lifetime resident of Louisville, Frazier attended Centre College and graduated from the UofL with a bachelor's, law and MBA degrees. He received an honorary doctorate from UofL in 1999.

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