Local Obituaries

July 20, 2014

Coal magnate Bill Sturgill, UK benefactor and former chairman of its board, dies at 89

William B. "Bill" Sturgill, an Eastern Kentucky native who played basketball under Adolph Rupp, chaired the University of Kentucky board of trustees for a decade, and was a wealthy and powerful figure at the center of the state's three signature industries — coal, tobacco and horses — died Saturday. He was 89.

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