Community Remembers Bank Founder and Philanthropist Leon Page

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

If a legacy is determined by the mark you leave on the place you came from, Leon Page's legacy will live on for years to come.

A native of Glasgow, page lived in Franklin for years, and founded Franklin Bank and Trust.
Before that, he was a naval officer in WWII but his mark doesn't stop there.

"He founded Franklin bank in 1958, and made it his mission and legacy to give back," said Alex Downing, WKU College Heights Foundation Director.

In 1998, he gave back in a big way.

"Leon made the first seven figure gift in the history of WKU, it really changed the face of philanthropy, and the course for our Gordon Ford College of Business," said John Paul Blair WKU Assoc. VP of Development and Alumni Relations.

The donation benefited professorships in finance and banking, and created an endowed scholarship for the Gordon ford college of business, a fitting gift since he graduated from the Bowling Green Business University in 1943 before it ever became a part of WKU.

"The students that have benefited from the Leon and Lassie Page Scholarship Fund will always remember his legacy. By creating an endowment, he's allowed students for generations to come that will benefit as well," said Downing.

A true Hilltopper fan, he rarely missed a game, and created an endowment for the lady toppers.

"They were truly Hilltoppers at heart, and we will tremendously miss him, but we know he'll be in heaven watching the Toppers every game and pulling for us, and we'll miss him greatly," said Kyle Chapman, WKU Hilltopper Athletic Foundation.

Page is a man who will be remembered in south central Kentucky for his service, his generosity, and his legacy.

Visitation for Page will take place at Booker Gilbert Funeral Home in Franklin from 4p.m. to 8p.m. tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday with services to follow.

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