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Kenneth Hibbert Read


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Kenneth Hibbert Read

Louisville - Age, 87, died October 26, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born September 6, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Kirkwood, MO.

Ken graduated from John Burroughs School in St. Louis and Princeton University. He learned about manufacturing as a co-op for General Electric, served in the U.S. Army and then earned an MBA at Harvard University. He was president of the Don R. Hinderliter Company in Tulsa, OK during the 1960s and '70s. After selling his share of the company, he set off to Duke University in North Carolina to complete coursework for a doctorate in Plant Ecology. His plans were diverted, however, by his burgeoning interest in the stock market and computers and he became one of the early day traders in the 1980s and '90s.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Roland R. Read, his mother, Gladys Merrill Read, his stepmother Marion Wilder Read, and his brothers Dale and Steve. He is survived by children Cindy Read (Chip Nold) of Louisville; Anne Pusey (John) of Yachats, OR; Melissa Harris (Mark) of Tulsa, OK, Jim Read of Colorado Springs, CO and Michael Read (Irene Rietschel) of Berlin, Germany, as well as former wife, JoAnn Ryan Read of Louisville. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Ryan, Sean and Shannon Harris; Rebekah Harris Ragsdale; Max and Charley Nold; Colin and Conor Tracey; Tim and Jody Read; and Malena and Sylvia Read.

Ken lived a rich life, with his happiest moments spent bird watching, hiking, or canoeing. He was an environmentalist when "conservationist" was the term, and treasured every aspect of the natural world. After moving to Louisville, he loved exploring the Olmsted parks on foot. Ken also enjoyed music and played the trombone in several Dixieland jazz bands as well as the baritone ukulele for the entertainment of his children and grandchildren. He attended Calvary Episcopal Church.

Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 16 from 4 p.m. - 8 p. m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane followed by a service on Saturday from 11 a.m. - noon at Pearson's.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 11, 2018
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