Arkansas Business' 'Gone but Not Forgotten' (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Fay Jones, architect of the Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs, died in 2004.

Oh, and he served two terms as governor. He was, by all accounts, an ambitious man. McMath lost his attempt to win a third term as Arkansas' governor in 1952. He also lost subsequent runs for U.S. Senate and a race against Gov. Orval Faubus in 1962.

McMath's successful law practice lives on in Little Rock as McMath Woods.

He died in 2003.

13. Frank Durward White
He was the last man to beat Bill Clinton.

Frank White snatched the governorship from the Boy Governor in 1980 and served one term before Clinton returned the favor.

White, a Texarkana native, became a prominent Little Rock figure on moving to the city in the early 1960s. He eventually took a job with Commercial National Bank and became involved in the Jaycees. He also served as director of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission and helped found Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock.

White was State Bank Commissioner at the time of his death in 2003.

14. Richard Arnold
Richard Sheppard Arnold's first-class legal mind earned him a spot on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and he even had his       name tossed about as a possible U.S. Supreme Count nominee. President Clinton decided against nominating his fellow Arkansan because he had undergone treatment for lymphoma.

Arnold never managed to follow several of his family members into the U.S. Congress, but he attempted twice, losing in 1966 and 1972. The U.S. Courthouse in Little Rock is named after Judge Arnold, who died in 2004. 

15. Louis L. Ramsay Jr.
Louis L. Ramsay Jr. mastered two professions, serving as president of both the Arkansas Bankers Association and the Arkansas Bar Association.

He is probably best remembered, however, as leader of Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff. He became president in 1970 and assumed the chairman and CEO roles in 1973, holding the posts until 1983.

And even after he had stepped back from his roles at Simmons, Ramsay was elected by Pine Bluff residents as the City's Most Influential Citizen in 1989.



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