Owsley B. Frazier leaves huge mark on the University of Louisville

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.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Owsley B. Frazier leaves huge mark on the University of Louisville”

  1. Up there with Coach Crum, Griff, The Pipe, Tom Jurich, Unitas, Brohm—a true Cardinal Great…RIP

  2. I never had the privilege to meet the man, but have long admired him. His personal philanthropy in Louisville is without equal. A few examples:

    – He is wholey responsible for the Frazier History Museum.

    -He knew that a great city needed more than just a great public university, and thus his major gifts to Bellarmine.

    Such people inspire others to higher levels of personal support for community needs. Thus, even from the grave, he will continue to generate donations to UofL and other worthy institutions and causes.

    God bless him. OBF certainly blessed us!

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