Arkansas Business' Spotlight 2013: Notable Deaths

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 am  


Dale Nicholson, 74, longtime general manager of Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV-TV, Channel 7, died June 1. Nicholson retired as general manager in October 2009 after 25 years in the top position. He remained as chairman of the station until his death.

Steve LaFrance Sr., 71, founder and owner of the USA Drug pharmacy chain, died June 5. USA Drug’s parent company, Stephen LaFrance Pharmacy Inc., was among the state’s largest private companies before it was sold to Walgreen Co. of Deerfield, Ill., for $438 million just nine months before LaFrance’s death.

George Worthen, 71, president of the Bank of Little Rock, community leader and a member of a prominent Little Rock family, died June 9. Worthen was president of the bank for 22 years.


Harry Scott, 64, former president of Thompson Industries Inc. of Russellville, died July 21. Thompson Industries sold in 2011 to Stella-Jones Inc., a Canadian company, for a reported $41 million.


James Edwards, 74, former owner of Central Industrial Electric Co. of North Little Rock, died Aug. 4. Edwards owned CIECO for 35 years.

Cal Ledbetter, 84, former state legislator, educator, historian and civic leader, died Aug. 10. Ledbetter served in the Arkansas Legislature from 1967-76 as a Democrat. He joined what would later be known as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1960. In 1978 he was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and held that position for 10 years. He retired from UALR in 1997.


Patricia May, 55, a former editor of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, died Sept. 2. May had worked as a reporter and editor for a number of publications in Arkansas and elsewhere before leaving the field to work as a market analyst.




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