Hometown: Winchester, KY [Bingham Military Academy, Asheville, NC]
Position: G Playing Height: 5-9
Date of Birth: June 3, 1906
Date of Death: July 25, 1980
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Obituary - Prominent Lawyer Gayle Mohney Dies, Lexington Herald-Leader (July 26, 1980) by Scott Smith
Mohney, who lived on Deepwood Drive, was a senior member of the law firm of Stoll Keenon & Park, and had practiced law here for 49 years.
P.J. "Jack" Baugh of Almahurst Farm, who had been fishing with Mohney, said they were attempting to net a salmon that Mohney had just caught when the heart attack occurred. Baugh said the area they were fishing in is remote and it was six hours before he could reach the airplane that had brought them to the stream. Baugh told Mohney's associates in Lexington that they had been in Iceland for a week and had made the trip many times during the past several years.
During the nearly half-century that he practiced law, Mohney became known as "the" lawyer for thoroughbred interests. He was considered an authority on equine law and was instrumental in preparation of much of the state law favorable to the industry. An avid race fan, Mohney was known as the original syndicator of horses in the country.
"If you named someone in the horse business, Gayle would at some time have been associated with them," said C. Gibson Downing, a member of the Stoll, Keenon & Park firm. "In fact, Gayle syndicated the first stallion in America and some of the great ones over the years."
Mohney was one of the leaders in the formation of the Keeneland Race Course and for years served as counsel and secretary for the Keeneland Association. His influence was not limited to the horse industry, however. His law firm represented many of the larger and more influential corporations in Lexington.
Individually, Mohney served as a director of First National Bank and Trust Co. and its successor, First Security National Bank and Trust Co. He also was one of the three directors of the Lexington Herald-Leader Co. when the newspaper was owned locally.
During his college days, Mohney gained fame as an athlete. He was a star quarterback with the 1925-26-27 University of Kentucky football team. He also was a member of UK basketball squads during his college career. He graduated magna cum laude from UK in 1928, after having been selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree three years later.
Downing said that one of Mohney's proudest moments came during a Kentucky-Tennessee football game. "He celebrated about two years ago the 50th anniversary of kicking the winning field goal that beat Tennessee," Downing said. Mohney played under three coaches while at UK, including the great Harry Gamage in 1927.
Born in Somerset, Mohney came to UK from Winchester where his family had moved during his early childhood.
"Gayle was a kindly and unassuming individual," said Weldon Shouse, a Lexington lawyer. "He did lots of hunting and fishing and every year he and a group of people from here rented a stream in Iceland where they went fishing."
Mohney - his full name was Gayle Alexander Mohney -- had served as chairman of the State Police Personnel Board since 1958.
Mohney married Ruth Shelton in 1929 and they were the parents of one son, Gayle A. Mohney Jr., who lives in Norfolk Va.
A long-standing member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Mohney was also a member of the Idle Hour Country Club, the Lafayette Club, American Bar Association, and the American Horse Council. He was a recipient of the Sullivan Medallion at UK.
Robert Houlihan, another senior partner at Stoll, Keenon & Park, said Mohney's passing "will leave a great gap in our ranks and we will miss him.
"Gayle was with our firm from its beginning in 1931 when he graduated from law school. He practiced with Judge Richard Stoll, Wallace Muir, William H. Townsend and James Park Sr. in addition to those who are here now.
"He was an all-around man, a fine lawyer and athlete in his youth. And a sportsman to the moment of his death."
The present firm of Stoll, Keenon & Park was formed shortly after World War II by the merger of two well-established firms: Stoll, Townsend, Park, Mohney and Davis; and Keenon, Hugulet and Odear.
Mohney's body will be brought to W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway , where arrangements are incomplete.