Philanthropist Fred M. Kirby II,
A Longtime Supporter of ISHOF, Passes Away
Fred M. Kirby II, a long-time friend and supporter who served as both a Director and Trustee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and who was the 1986 recipient of ISHOF's Gold Medallion, has passed away on February 8th, at the age of 91.
Kirby, was three sport varsity athlete at Lafayette College in swimming, wrestling and was a star on the school's last undefeated football team. After graduation he served in the Navy during WWII, then attended Harvard Business School and went to work for a chemical company before succeeding his father as president of Alleghany, an insurance and investment company that produced a 15 percent annualized return for shareholders from the time he took the helm of the company in 1967 until he retired from the board in 2007 at the age of 88. Read more...