Hometown: Shepherdsville, KY
Position: G Playing Height: 6-1
Date of Birth: November 23, 1901
Date of Death: June 30, 1986
Legal Name: Samuel Howard Ridgway
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Game by Game Statistics
Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Football and Baseball]
Did not play in 1921-22 due to Rheumatism.
Named captain for 1922-23 season but did not play due to broken ankle.
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Obituary - Ridgway, 84, dies in Louisville; was instrumental in current library, Shepherdsville Pioneer News (July 2, 1986)
He was 84.
The native of Bullitt Countian was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. S.H. Ridgway of Shepherdsville. Ridgway was a graduate of Shepherdsville High School and went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky. While at the Lexington school, he lettered in baseball and basketball and was a starting guard on that Wildcats' first Southern Conference championship.
Ridgway was an Army veteran of World War II.
While he was known to many Bullitt Countians, Ridgway also played an instrumental part in many Jefferson County activities.
For 42 years he worked for Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., where he retired in 1966 as its assistant vice president.
He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Louisville, past general campaign chairperson of the Louisville-Jefferson County United Fund, director of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, director of the University of Louisville International Center, an associate member of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, a member of the Pendennis Club and a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church.
Although he enjoyed his civic and business work in Jefferson County, he was most proud of the Ridgway Memorial Library, which is the main library in Bullitt County.
In 1963, Ridgway and his nephew, Billy H. Smith of Shepherdsville, worked with the Bullitt County Woman's Club to found the Ridgway Memorial Library in honor of his parents. He donated the family property to the library after the death of his mother, Margaret Hardy Ridgway.
He is survived by his wife, the former Lucille Lay; a nephew, Billy H. Smith of Shepherdsville and Smith's family, wife Mary Lou, grandnephews Greg and Doug Smith and a grandniece Bill Lou Smith.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday July 2, at Person's Funeral Home in St. Matthews. A private burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville.
Civic Leader Sam H. Ridgway Jr. Dies Louisville Courier-Journal (July 1, 1986)
Sam H. Ridgway Jr., a retired Louisville business executive and civic leader, died yesterday at his home at 3822 Washington Square. He was 84.
Ridgway, a native of Pitts Point in Bullitt County, retired in 1966 as assistant vice president of Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co. where he had worked 42 years.
Ridgway had been active in community affairs, and in 1966 was general chairman of the former Louisville-Jefferson County United Appeal campaign. He was past president of the Rotary Club of Louisville and a member of the Pendennis Club and Crescent Hill Baptist Church.
He was a former director of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and the International Center of the University of Louisville. He was a recipient of the UK Athletic Association's Leadership and Service Medallion and was an Army veteran of World War II.
Ridgway served in the late 1960s as executive secretary of the Charter Committee, which worked on a plan to merge Louisville and Jefferson County schools. The committee folded in 1968.
In 1963, Ridgway and his nephew, Billy H. Smith of Shepherdsville, founded the Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville in cooperation with the Woman's Club of Bullitt County Ridgway donated the family property to the library after the death of his mother, Margaret Hardy Ridgway: the library was named in memory of her and her husband, Dr. Samuel H. Ridgway Sr.
Ridgway's survivors include his wife, the former Lucille Lay.
The body was cremated.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pearson's, 149 Breckinridge Lane.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Ridgway Memorial Library, Shepherdsville KY, 40165.