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UofL president to honor three with presidential medals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2013) – University of Louisville President James Ramsey will award the 2013 Presidential Medal to two individuals and one charitable trust at a private ceremony Aug. 6.

The awards are given to recognize contributors who have made a significant, positive impact on the university and community.

The recipients are:

♦ The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, an organization that supports medical research, health care, education and conservation. The trust has given millions to UofL for cancer and spinal cord injury research. UofL alumnus John Codey, who is a trustee for the trust and executive vice president of Helmsley Enterprises, Inc., will accept the award on behalf of the trust.

♦ Jean Frazier, director of the Louisville-based real estate firm HFH Inc. and a member of the Board of Overseers. She, along with her late husband Harry Frazier Jr., has supported student scholarships, research, autism services, library materials, athletics and more.

♦ The late Kennedy Helm III, retired chairman emeritus from Louisville-based law firm Stites & Harbison PLLC. Helm died in March 2013 and was a Cardinal fan who gave generously to the athletics program. Kennedy Helm IV will accept the award on his father’s behalf.

Ramsey said the presidential medals are a chance to publicly recognize those who help advance the mission of the institution.

Past recipients of the award include:

  • 2012-Rep. Larry Clark, Sam Swope and the Gheens Foundation
  • 2011-Henry Heuser and Kosair Charities
  • 2010-Jerry Abramson and James Graham Brown Foundation
  • 2009-Robert Rounsavall and Louisville Arena Authority