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‘South Central Kentuckian of the Year’ named

Bob Kirby
Bob Kirby

Recognized by Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 20, 2016) — The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky will recognize Bob Kirby, one of its founding board members and a Hilliard Lyons Financial Consultant, as its fifth “South Central Kentuckian of the Year.” He will be honored at an award luncheon on Tuesday at the Knicely Conference Center

The South Central Kentuckian of the Year Award annually honors an individual for excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration of others. It honors community members who are making significant contributions through their life’s work and who make giving back a priority for themselves, their family, or their business

Kirby has resided in Warren County for most of his life. After service in Korea, he graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in commerce in 1960 and from the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University in 1978. He and Norma, his wife of 64 years, have four children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to helping to found the Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky, Kirby helped to found the South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College Foundation, the Commonwealth Health Foundation, and the Historical Rail Park and Train Museum. Other boards on which he serves or has served include the WKU Board of Advisors, the Bowling Green Warren County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Southern Kentucky, United Way of South Central Kentucky, and the Warren County Library (which has named a branch after him).

“We congratulate Bob on this honor, which is only one of many he has earned over the years,” said Jim Allen, Hilliard Lyons’ chairman and CEO. “He has a long history of serving the Bowling Green community in many capacities, and we are proud that he has been connected with Hilliard Lyons for so long.”