Prominent Lexington historian Foster Ockerman Jr. dies at 70

WATCH | Prominent Lexington historian Foster Ockerman Jr. dies at 70
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 7:15 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Prominent Lexington historian Foster Ockerman Jr. has died.

Milward Funeral Directors shared his obituary.

Ockerman was a founding member of the Lexington History Museum, which he guided to a home at the Adam Rankin House on Mill Street. The museum has been moved to the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House on Broadway. It will open in the spring.

Members of the museum issued a statement saying:

”We are extremely saddened by the untimely loss of Foster Ockerman Jr. He was a founding trustee of the museum and vocal and advocate for Lexington history for decades.”

According to his obituary, Ockerman was also a familiar face in courtrooms. As an attorney, he served clients in Lexington, nationally and internationally, for more than 40 years. He held high positions on the Kentucky and American Bar Associations.

Ockerman was also in a documentary called “Taking “Cheapside,” adding his knowledge and historical context about the removal of two Confederate statues.

“Foster was a vocal advocate for the preservation of local history,” said Mayor Linda Gorton in a statement. “In 2025, we will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Lexington. Because of Foster, we will celebrate that milestone with a deeper understanding of the history that makes Lexington the wonderful community it is today. Foster was a special friend and neighbor. My heart goes out to Martina and their girls.”

Ockerman authored nine works of history.

His visitation will be on December 15 at First United Methodist Church. He’ll be buried at the Lexington Cemetery in a private ceremony.

His family asks that donations be sent to First United Methodist Church or the Lexington History Museum.