Local Obituaries

Lexington philanthropist, volunteer Poole dies at 83

Doris Poole. Handout Photo
Doris Poole. Handout Photo

Doris Wallace Poole, a local philanthropist and volunteer, died Thursday. She was 83.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Poole was the daughter of Arthur and Willa Mae Howard-Wallace. Mrs. Poole grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and moved to Lexington in 1950 where she started a family with her husband, the late Donald Poole Sr.

In Lexington, Mrs. Poole dedicated her time and efforts to becoming part of the community and working with the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

In 1973, she co-founded The Bash alongside close friends Marianne Davis, Tassie Parker and Tom Gravitt. The Bash began as a way to raise funds to purchase equipment for Gravitt, who was traveling between Kentucky and California to get physical therapy for a spinal cord injury.

The Bash, which is now known as the Kentucky Bash, is an annual fundraising event held on the night before the University of Kentucky's first football game.

Mrs. Poole came up with the original name for the event, and helped develop program ideas, Gravitt said.

Gravitt said Mr. and Mrs. Poole were "very caring and very generous people."

"It really hurts and I just think the world of her," he said.

"I am happy for the legacy they have built," said Jenny Wurzback, director of community relations and the Cardinal Hill Foundation. "Cardinal Hill really appreciates all Mrs. Poole did in the earlier days to make" the Bash.

Mrs. Poole was a member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church. She and her late husband financed the Poole Memorial Activities Building in 1978. In 1990, the couple donated funds to build the Poole Residence Hall at Transylvania University.

Mrs. Poole is survived by a son, a daughter, two step-daughters, a brother, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandsons.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Southern Hills United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Moore officiating. Burial is at Lexington Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at Milward-Broadway.

Memorials are suggested to Markey Cancer Foundation, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, Ky. 40536-0093; Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington 40504; or Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 2356 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, 40503.