Arkansas Business: Notable Arkansas Deaths of 2012

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 12:00 am  

Betty Magie, 84, former community newspaper owner, died March 26. She and her late husband, Cone Magie, once owned five central Arkansas newspapers.

Rick Redden, 63, founder of AMR Architects Inc., died March 27 of cancer. Redden founded the firm in 1982.


Casey Laman, 98, former mayor of North Little Rock, died April 16. Laman was well-known for his transformative leadership of North Little Rock between 1958 and 1980.


H.G. “Jack” Frost Sr., 80, an accountant and convicted embezzler, died May 11. Jones, who in 1974 founded the firm now known as Frost PLLC, was indicted in 1999 and convicted on 69 counts of fraud for his dealings with the Jones Charitable Trust of Springdale. He was released from federal prison in 2007 at the age of 75.

E.A. Ostedgaard, 86, a North Little Rock businessman and civic leader, died May 12. Ostedgaard was a former president of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and a founding director of the Foundation Fund at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Nolan Richardson III, 47, son of former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson, died May 12.


Joe Hatcher, 75, former Hendrix College president and former interim president and board member for Pulaski Academy, died June 1. Hatcher led Hendrix from 1981 to 1991.

Robert Wilson Sr., 89, former CEO of Central Bank & Trust of Little Rock, died June 28 following a stroke. Wilson organized Central Bank & Trust in 1996 before it was sold to Arvest in 2000 for about $15.7 million.




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