Owsley B. Frazier, 77, the most generous donor to the University of Louisville ever, has died, leaving behind an unparalleled legacy of quality of life improvements on Belknap Campus and throughout the community.
“The University of Louisville is my alma mater, as well as my father’s and brother’s,” he noted while making a $25 million gift to UofL last December. “The University makes me proud every day through its economic impact on the region. I give to the University of Louisville because I love it.”
Neither the University of Louisville nor the citizens of our community had a better friend than Owsley. -- Jim Ramsey
The latest gift raised the total amount his family had given to UofL to at least $43 million, including a $1 million gift for the construction of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and major funding to get Cardinal Park under way during the nineties.
Frazier was the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, holding degrees in law and business administration and an honorary doctorate from UofL. He is the grandson of George Garvin Brown, who founded Brown- Forman Corp., one of the world’s largest wine and spirit companies.
U of L President James Ramsey said in a statement, “Neither the University of Louisville nor the citizens of our community had a better friend than Owsley. His service and incredible generosity to the university’s academic, research and athletic programs is well documented and leaves a lasting legacy to all of us, young and old.”
His contributions to other segments of the community are also deeply ingrained in the daily lives of many Louisville families.
Thanks, Mr. Frazier. Well done.