Obituaries • August 2, 2012

| August 2, 2012

William (Bill) P. Donley Sr., 82, Principal Partner With Meidinger & Associates

William (Bill) P. Donley Sr., 82, died peacefully on Thursday, July 19, at the Episcopal Church Home with his family at his side.
Bill was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and moved with his family to Louisville at age 15.  He graduated from Male High School and attended Dennison University where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then studied at the University of Kentucky, and ultimately graduated from the University of Louisville after serving his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Bill was a principal partner with Meidinger & Associates, now William Mercer, until his retirement in 1987.  He was a member of Rotary Club of Louisville for which he served as secretary and later became a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of one of the first Leadership Louisville classes. Ever an avid golfer, he and his family were long-time members of Big Spring Country Club.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Jackson H. and Dorothy D. Donley.

Bill is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jeannette (Thompson), his daughters Laura King (Rob) of Louisville and Sarah Donley of Northampton Mass., son Patrick Donley (Terri Burt) of Louisville, son Kelvin Hanger (Abby) of Hebron, Ky., and daughter Melanie Vittitow (Dave) of Louisville.  He is also survived by his sister Lynn Jones (Michael) of Greensboro, N.C., and their children Margee and Christopher. Surviving him as well are his step-mother Dorothea Donley, brother Leonard Price, brother Barker Price (Joan, daughters Keaton and Natalie), and sister Heloise Price (children Stacie and Carter). Left to cherish his memory are grandchildren Elizabeth, Alex, Emily, Jack, Amanda, Max, Luke, Greg, Olivia, Will, and Sammie. Bill is also survived by adopted family Melinda and Dr. Mark Brockman (Mark, John, Michael & Jacob), Jeff Bowman (Evan), and Stuart Bowman (Liam).

The visitation with the family was Sunday, July 22, from 1 until 5 p.m. at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane. The funeral service was held in St. Luke’s Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road, Monday, July 23, at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to  the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation, 138 Leader Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40536, 859.323.5374, to help further their research, education and outreach, and clinical programs on healthy brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Donations can also be made to the Episcopal Church Home for continuing support of the Chrysalis Room.

Doctor William (Bill) Johnston Mansfield Jr., DMD, 86, Dentist And Clinical Professor

Doctor William (Bill) Johnston Mansfield Jr., DMD, 86, died peacefully July 24, 2012 at The Episcopal Church Home. As a young man, Bill was a violinist and had first chair in the state youth orchestra. After graduating from Male HS in 1943, he put away his violin and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After basic training, Bill served with the 15th Air Force and was stationed in Foggia Italy. He flew twenty-one combat missions over Germany and Austria.

After WW II, Bill returned to Louisville and began his undergraduate studies at The University of Louisville where  he received a BA in Biology in 1949. While working as an X-Ray technician at St. Joseph Infirmary, he met and  later married Juanita Loren Howard. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Aug. 6 this year.

He received a DMD degree from The University of Louisville School of Dentistry (USLD) in 1953. Bill was an extraordinary dentist and was entirely motivated by what was best for his patients. He had a private dental practice in Saint Matthews until 1987 when he left private practice to become a full-time faculty member at the ULSD. A Clinical Professor, he served the school in many capacities including:  Acting Chair of the Department of Primary Patient Care, Acting Associate Dean, and Director of Continuing Education.
He truly loved his students and continued to teach until 2009. He believed he was so very fortunate during his professional career to have enjoyed the best of both worlds, teaching students and caring for his patients in his dental practice. The talented violinist hands became the hands of an exceptional artist, practitioner, and educator in practicing and teaching restorative dentistry.
Bill was particularly proud to have established The University of Louisville School of Dentistry Alumni Day which was first held in 1984. This day of dental  continuing education was created to honor and show appreciation to the ULSD’s many alumni. Bill was humbled and deeply moved when the ULSD renamed its Alumni Day to The William J. Mansfield, Jr. Alumni Day in his honor.

He was a member of The Louisville Dental Society, The Kentucky Dental Association, and The American Dental Association.  He served as President of The Louisville Dental Society and Vice President of The Kentucky Dental Association. He was elected to The American College of Dentists and served as a member of the University of Louisville Dental Alumni Board of Governors. He was also an active member of the Philological Society. He received many teaching awards from his students, colleagues, and the profession including The University of Louisville Distinguished Service Award in 2002 .

Bill was an active member of Broadway Baptist Church. He served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and was a member of the choir for over 50 years.  He was Mayor of the City of Springlee in Saint Matthews and Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Matthews Area Ministries.

Bill loved his family, his church, his patients, his students, his colleagues, his community and his country. He is survived by his wife Juanita Howard Mansfield, his son William Michael Mansfield, daughter Sarah Elizabeth Mansfield, and Julie Mansfield Lockhart (Brad) of Cincinnati, his sister Jean Mansfield Cassady, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents William Johnston Mansfield Sr. and Fannie Woods Mansfield and by his sisters, Mary Edna Smith and Mildred Louise Skaggs.

The funeral service was held Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Rd., with a Military Honors burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, 3 to 8 p.m. at Pearson’s Funeral Home, 149 Breckinridge Lane.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the William J. Mansfield Jr. Student Scholarship Fund, School of Dentistry – Room 239, University of Louisville, 40292.

Philip Pendleton Ardery, 98, Lawyer

Philip Pendleton Ardery, 98, died July 26 at his home in Louisville. A decorated veteran of World War II and lawyer, Phil dedicated his last 30 years to writing and to serving many charitable and civic causes as a hard-charging organizer and fundraiser. He was born March 6, 1914, in Lexington, Kentucky, son of William Breckenridge and Julia Hoge Spencer Ardery. His father served in the Kentucky General Assembly and was Judge of Kentucky’s 14th Circuit from 1936 until 1967. His mother, a genealogist and writer, was an early preservationist in Bourbon County; she led the movement to save the Duncan Tavern in Paris, built in 1788, four years before Kentucky became a state.

Phil grew up on a farm between Paris and Lexington, and the people, plants and animals of Bourbon County left deep impressions on him, which he loved recounting. His writings about some of them appeared in Heroes and Horses, a collection of essays published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1996. He attended the Paris city schools and went on to the University of Kentucky, where he studied English literature and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1935. Phil attended law school at Harvard, graduating in 1938, and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar that year.

Although he had joined the U.S. Infantry Reserve in 1935, in 1940 Phil enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a private. He graduated 1st Captain of the Flying Cadet Corps from Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas, in April 1941 and was assigned to serve as a flight instructor at Goodfellow Field in San Angelo, Texas. There, he met his bride-to-be, Anne Stuyvesant Tweedy, at a dance. They were married at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo December 6, 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Capt. Ardery commanded the 564th Bomb Squadron (H) beginning in February 1943, joining the 389th Bomb Group (H) based in Norwich, England, that June. From outposts in North Africa, he flew B-24s on many missions across the Mediterranean, including the first low-level raid on oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, for which he earned the Silver Star. From England and North Africa, he flew raids over Vegesack, Bayeux, Solingen, and Oslo during the winter of 1943-44, leading up to the invasion of Normandy. He led the second Combat Bomb Wing on the first daylight bombing of Berlin in March 1944 and flew on the first mission of D-Day, June 6, 1944. His memoir of the war, Bomber Pilot, was published in 1978.

Discharged from active duty in 1945, Phil was named two years later to command the 123rd Fighter Wing of the newly formed Kentucky Air National Guard. Called to active duty during the Korean War, Phil and the 123rd relocated to England, where Phil served as wing-base commander of the NATO Air Force, RAF Station, in Manston, 1951-52. After deactivation, he continued to command the 123rd, which at times included air groups in other states as well as Kentucky’s group based at Louisville’s Standiford Field. Phil was promoted to Brigadier General in April 1962 and retired from the military as a Major General in 1965.

Phil first practiced law in Frankfort before the war as a solo practitioner, taking virtually any client who came in the door or was assigned to him by the court. After he returned from the war, Phil practiced at various times with Edward F. Prichard, Jr., A.E. Funk, Jr., Charles Hobson, and Henry Meigs. By 1946, he had built up his practice and became chief counsel for Kentucky’s growing system of rural electric cooperatives, at a time when much of rural Kentucky lacked electric power. Phil handled regulatory issues, trial work, and general corporate and financing matters for the separate cooperatives, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative, and the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives.

In 1952, Phil and his family moved to Louisville. He practiced law with Harrison M. Robertson, then J. Royden Peabody, before co-founding Brown, Ardery, Todd & Dudley in June 1959. The firm merged with Brown, Eldred & Bonnie and Marshall, Cochran, Heyburn & Wells in 1972 to form Brown, Todd, & Heyburn, then Kentucky’s largest firm. Phil retired from the practice of law in 1979.

Phil was deeply engaged by the progressive politics of the Roosevelt administration and in his early 20s became active in the Democratic Party. From his days as a high school debater, he relished discussion and found in electoral politics a place for philosophical exercise, practical action, and sport. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat (1946) and was the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District in 1956, losing to John Robsion. He was elected to the Jefferson County Fiscal Court in 1958, an office he resigned three years later.

Raised in his mother’s faith, the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), Phil later became an Episcopalian. The Arderys were early members of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville and have been active in the congregation for more than sixty years. Phil served on its vestry and was a deputy to five Episcopal General Conventions, including the 1976 convention where he proudly voted for the ordination of women.

He was chairman of the Kentucky Heart Association 1955-58 and chaired the American Heart Association from 1966-69. He was a trustee of the University of the South (Sewanee) 1977-80 and served on the boards of many civic and charitable organizations, notably the Amelia Brown Frazier Rehabilitation Center (later Frazier Rehab Institute), Jewish Hospital, the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Historical Society, The Filson Club (later Filson Historical Society), and Ballet Español.

In the early 1980s, Phil became an ardent advocate for mental health, a cause he pursued for more than two decades. With Barry Bingham, Sr., Bosworth Todd, and Dr. Herb Wagemaker, Phil and others founded the Schizophrenia Foundation of Kentucky in 1981. Out of this organization grew Wellspring, which now provides housing, care and rehabilitation for people with mental illness at 19 sites throughout Jefferson and neighboring counties. Wellspring’s first residential home, located on S. Third Street in Louisville, is named Ardery House.

Also in 1981 Barry Bingham, Bosworth Todd, and Phil organized American Schizophrenia Foundation, Inc., as a Kentucky non-profit corporation.  They worked with generous donors in New York, and the organization  was renamed as the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). Today, it is managed in New York, offers its services under the name “Brain and Behavior Research Foundation,”  and remains incorporated in Kentucky in honor of its Kentucky founders. Since 1987, this organization has awarded  nearly $300 million in research grants to scientists in the United States and 25 other countries. Phil worked for these organizations as a fundraiser and board member for more than 20 years. He also served on the boards of the Mental Health Association of Kentucky and the Louisville Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

“Everything does not have to have a beginning or an end,” Phil wrote in 2002 in an essay musing on the legal question of when life begins. “Infinity is infinite. One of the things within the realm of infinity is life.”

Phil’s long life was the daily occupation of Anne Tweedy Ardery, his wife and friend for almost 71 years. He is survived by Anne, son Philip Pendleton Ardery, Jr. and his wife Cecilia Palacio Ardery, son Joseph Lord Tweedy Ardery and his wife Anne Lenihan Ardery, all of Louisville, and daughter Julia Spencer Ardery and her husband, William Allen Bishop, of Austin, Tex. His son Peter Brooks Ardery died July 15, 1974 while traveling in India. Beloved grandchildren are Oliver Benjamin Ardery of New York City, Ruben Reinaldo Ardery and Joseph Breckenridge Ardery of Louisville, Rose Lenihan Ardery Shepherd and her husband Kenneth Bradley Shepherd of Lexington, James Lord Ardery of Brooklyn, N.Y., Anne Tweedy Ardery of Somerville, Mass., and Philip Pendleton Ardery, III, of Arlington, Va.

Phil’s family is grateful for the months of service provided by Eva Spaid’s Care Network and is especially grateful to Betty Goins, Diane Coleman, Lynn Brawner, Bernice Dillon, Jennifer McFarland, Collis Marshall, Janet Whitaker, Beverly Grant, Dee Evans, and Gina Jo Foster.

Visitation was from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Ln. with private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. A memorial service took place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Tuesday, July 31, 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the church.

Phil Ardery may be remembered by gifts sent to Wellspring, P.O. Box 1927, Louisville, Ky. 40201, www.wellspring-house.org or the charity of your choice.

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