HOWER, FRANK BEARD JR., 83, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 with his family by his side.
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He was born November 26, 1928 in Louisville, KY to the late Dr. Frank Beard Hower, Sr. and Katharine Coffman Hower. He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, KY in 1946 and Centre College in Danville, KY in 1950.
He proudly served as a Major in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his military service, he worked at Liberty National Bank and Trust Company (then Liberty National Bancorp, Inc.) for 40 years, 17 of which he served as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Dedicated to the Louisville community, he served as a Board member for more than 50 local and other organizations. His Board service includes 20 years as a Trustee of the James Graham Brown Foundation; Trustee of Centre College; Trustee and Overseer of the University of Louisville; Overseer of Bellarmine College; Trustee of the Marine Corps Command & Staff College Foundation; President of the University of Louisville International Center; Chairman of Norton-Kosair Children's Hospital (now Norton Healthcare System), Chairman of the Regional Airport Authority of Louisville; Chairman of the Louisville Development Committee; President of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce; and Director Emeritus of Churchill Downs, Inc. He also served as Director of the American Life and Accident Insurance Company; Chairman of the Board of Blue Cross-Blue Shield; and Chairman of an annual Metro United Way General Campaign.
He was the recipient of several community awards, including the Chamber of Commerce Gold Cup Award; City of Louisville Fleur de Lis Award; Louisville Male High School Distinguished Alumnus Award; Centre College Distinguished Alumnus Award; and Kentuckiana Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate.
He was a member of the Louisville Country Club, Pendennis Club and River Valley Club.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Virginia Barker Hower; two sons, Frank (Kris) and Billy; and two grandchildren, Brooks and Erin.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave. with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Thursday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, C/O Marine Corps Coordinating Council, PO Box 355, Prospect, KY, 40059 or
The family wishes to express great appreciation to his caregivers, Marie Dudgeon and Nancy Fulton.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 20, 2012