Three to be inducted into Gatton's Hall of Fame

3 to be inducted into alumni Hall of Fame

ssloan@herald-leader.comApril 19, 2013 

The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics on Friday will induct three alumni into its Hall of Fame.

"These three outstanding graduates are most deserving of this recognition," college dean David Blackwell said in a statement. "The inductees represent several different professions and career paths, yet all have distinguished themselves in their business pursuits and in civic and community leadership."

The Hall of Fame will now have 78 members since its inception in 1994 to recognize successful alumni.

The latest inductees are:

Kerry Back, classes of 1979 and 1982: Back is a finance professor at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business in Houston. He previously was on the faculty at Northwestern University, Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis and Texas A&M University.

His research has been published in many leading journals of finance and economics, and he has also written two books.

Helen Cornell, class of 1980: Before retiring, Cornell served as chief financial officer of Gardner Denver, a manufacturer of industrial compressors. She served in many leadership roles for the company during her 22-year career. She now serves as a consultant in corporate governance and also holds positions on the boards of several companies and nonprofits.

Frank Ramsey Jr., class of 1954: Ramsey may be best known in the UK community for his years on both the baseball and basketball teams. After graduating, he played for the Boston Celtics from 1955 to 1964, a span during which the team won seven championships. He has served as president and director of Dixon Bank in Western Kentucky since 1972. He has stayed involved at UK as a trustee, among other roles.

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