Insurance Figure Dinwiddie Lampton Jr. Dies

LEXINGTON, KY -- Dinwiddie Lampton Jr., a longtime Louisville insurance executive and enthusiast of steeplechase racing and horse-drawn carriages, died Thursday at his home in Lexington, Ky. He was 94, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Saturday edition.

Lampton also was an unsuccessful candidate in the Democratic primary for governor in 1987.

With a personal motto of "whip and kick and don't give up, you've got an eternity to rest," the wiry-eyebrowed Lampton had a passion for running the insurance company that was founded by his father in 1906 and taking part in the occasional steeplechase, polo event or carriage drive, reports the C-J.

He was the longtime president of American Life & Accident Insurance Co., headquartered in downtown Louisville near the riverfront, and was a well-known face around the city who was seen frequently in TV commercials saying, "Be wise, be insured," while he sat atop one of his many elaborately designed carriages, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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  • by susan Location: Jacksonville, FLA on Jun 17, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Lampton's passing. I did not know him well, but did experience his kindness many, many years ago when I was living and working in Louisville. I was driving in downtown rush-hour morning traffic when my car broke down. I had just dropped my then husband off at his office, and had our young son strapped in the back seat. I was at a loss, being new to the area as to what to do. Along came Mr. Lampton to my rescue who instructed his very nice driver to have my car towed. He took good care of us and even invited us to his home to see his beautiful carriages. I always remembered his kindness in my hour of need and I am so glad I can pay my respects to a true Southern gentlemen....


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