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Ramsey honors Rounsavalls, Louisville Arena Authority

July 1st, 2009


UofL President James Ramsey thanked the medal recipient for their contributions.

In a special celebration June 30 at Amelia Place, University of Louisville President James Ramsey recognized Bob and Mary Rounsavall and the Louisville Arena Authority for their contributions to the community and state.

Ramsey presented the Rounsavalls and Jim and Pat Host, Arena Authority representatives, with UofL Presidential Medals.

The Rounsavalls have contributed to the university and community in countless ways, Ramsey said.

Bob Rounsavall is active on many university and affiliated boards. He served as chair of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s “Finding Answers to Cancer” capital campaign that saw more than $80 million raised in five years. He also is a member of the James Graham Brown Foundation and other community organizations.


Don Miller, director, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, presents the Presidential Medal to Bob Rounsavall.

Mary Rounsavall, Ramsey noted, also is active in the community and is a dedicated UofL supporter.

In presenting the Presidential Medal to the Louisville Arena Authority, Ramsey noted that the arena represents “a coming together of diverse people with diverse interests” in a project that is “good for our community and state.”

Ramsey thanked each Louisville Arena Authority member by name. In presenting the medal to Jim Host for the organization, he said that Host has been for arena authority, the “great quarterback, coach and leader” that all great teams have.


Shirley Willihnganz, Chief Executive Office and University Provost, presents the Presidential Medal to Jim Host for the Louisville Arena Authority.

It was he, Ramsey said, who made the arena happen after years of discussion.

Louisville Arena Authority members are Jim Host; Larry Bisig; Todd Blue; Junior Bridgeman; Tim Corrigan; Reba Doutrick; Larry Greer, ex officio; Eric Gunderson; Larry Hayes; Alice Houston; Elaine (Cissy) Musselman; James A. Patterson; Lindy Street; William E. Summers V; David Tandy, ex officio; Dan Ulmer Jr.; and Robert Woolery.

The UofL Board of Trustees authorized the Presidential Medals more than 20 years ago to recognize individuals and organizations which, through their contributions to UofL, have made an impact on the city and state.

Before June 30, only three presidential medals had been awarded.

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