Dec. 5, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette alum, trustee and benefactor F.M. Kirby `42 was honored by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame with the organizations' inaugural Legacy Award. Kirby received the award in front of nearly 2,000 in attendance at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's annual awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York on Tuesday evening.
Kirby served for many years as a member of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame's boards of directors. He served as the vice-chairman of the College of Fame from 1989-1996 and in 2000 was honored with organization's gold medal.
This honor closely follows his induction into the Lafayette Maroon Club Athletic Hall of Fame last month. A three-sport athlete and Trustee to the College since his graduation in 1942, Kirby was one of four inducted as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2007.
Over the years, Kirby has received numerous honors and accolades for his work both in athletics and in business. He holds honorary degrees from Lafayette, St. Joseph's, Drew and Wake Forest and received the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American Award as well as the NCAA 25th Year Citation.
As a student-athlete at Lafayette, Kirby was a letterwinner in football, swimming and wrestling. He was a member of the undefeated 1940 football team, whose 9-0 record included a 19-0 defeat of Army.
In 1967, Kirby succeeded his father, Allan Price Kirby, as the CEO of Alleghany Corporation, where he was the President, Chairman, CEO, or all three, for forty years. He has also served as a director of more than 40 corporations and financial institutions.
Kirby currently serves as the president of the F.M. Kirby Foundation. The College has received numerous gifts from the F.M. Kirby Foundation over the years, including the construction of the Kirby House, the Allan P. Kirby Field House, the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center and the recent renovations to Fisher Stadium.
Kirby currently resides in New Vernon, N.J. He and his wife, Walker, have one daughter, Alice Kirby Horton, and three sons, all Lafayette College graduates: F.M. Kirby III '80, S. Dillard Kirby '81 serves as Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the F.M. Kirby Foundation and Jefferson Kirby '84 is a member of the Lafayette Board of Trustees.