O'BRIEN, EDWARD JOHN III "E. J.," 93, died September 2, 2013 at Jefferson Place. He was born March 28, 1920 in Louisville, the son of Edwin John O'Brien, Jr. and Mary Malone O'Brien. He was a 1942 graduate of Princeton University and a member of the Ivy Club. After receiving his degree, he served his country for nearly four years during World War II in Armored Artillery of the U.S. Army and was discharged as a captain.
Mr. O'Brien was the president of Edward J. O'Brien Tobacco Co., an international tobacco broker which was founded by his grandfather in 1880. He was a past president of the Tobacco Association of the United States, and was a director of numerous tobacco industry trade associations. He was active with several charitable and civic organizations including as a longtime director of Frazier Rehab Institution and Neuroscience Center, Director of U of L's International Center, and Fund Raising Committee Chairman of the Metro United Way.
Mr. O'Brien devoted over 50 years of volunteer service to the Red Cross in both local and national leadership positions including Chairman of the Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as being a former Governor of the American National Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
Mr. O'Brien was a member of the Louisville Country Club, River Valley Club, Downtown Rotary Club of Louisville, Society of the Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Twenty Investors Club, the Dennbarr Club, the Pendennis Club and the WynnStay Club. He was a founding member of the Little Harbor Club, in Harbor Springs, MI.
Mr. O'Brien was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Scott O'Brien; a sister, Mrs. William T. Ingram (Martha); and brothers, Robert G. O'Brien and Alexander G. O'Brien.
He is survived by his son, Edward John O'Brien IV "Jay" (Sandra) and by his daughter, Mary Scott O'Brien Herrington (Mike); two grandsons, Collins and Carter O'Brien and one granddaughter, Lucy Herrington, all of Louisville.
The family would like to thank the outstanding nurses, aides and staff who made E. J. so happy to call Jefferson Place his "home" for the past six years.
Visitation will be held 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Pearson's 149 Breckinridge Lane. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, 40207 followed by a private family burial at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross, 520 E. Chestnut Street, 40202.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2013