Alfred A. McKethan
|Alfred A. McKethan|
October 14, 1908|
|Died||April 1, 2002
|Alma mater||B.S., University of Florida, 1931|
|Known for||Chairman, Hernando State Bank
Chairman, State Road Board
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Arlene Crane (divorced)|
Early life and education
McKethan was born in Brooksville, Florida, October 14, 1908. He was a fifth-generation Floridian. After graduating from Hernando High School in 1926, McKethan attended the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia for two years, and completed his education at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity (Epsilon Zeta Chapter). He graduated with honors from Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1931.
Banking and business career
McKethan was the former president and chairman of Hernando State Bank, which became Sun Bank and Trust Company, and, in turn, SunTrust Bank. He started work at Hernando State Bank after graduating from the University of Florida in 1931. His first job was that of an assistant cashier, and he later became head cashier, vice president, and then the bank's president in 1940. At the age of 38, McKethan became the youngest president of the Florida Bankers Association. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Sun Bank and Trust Company until 1994, at which time he retired.
Together with his brother, John W. McKethan, he established the Brooksville Rock Company, which later became known as the Florida Mining and Materials Corporation. McKethan was also a citrus grower, serving as the director and then chairman of the Brooksville Citrus Growers Association for forty years, and as Director of the Florida Citrus Exchange for fifteen years. McKethan served as the president of Florida Citrus Mutual.
Florida Governor Fuller Warren appointed McKethan to be the chairman of the State Road Board; he served from 1949 to 1953. McKethan was responsible, in part, for the construction of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay, as well as for the initial planning of the Florida Turnpike. He also served as the first chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Philanthropy and retirement
In 1988, Alfred McKethan donated almost $3 million to his alma mater, the University of Florida, for the construction of a new baseball stadium now known as the Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. Later that year, he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as an "honorary letter winner.
The Hernando County Park on Pine Island, Alfred McKethan Park, was named for him.
McKethan died in 2002; he was 93 years old.
- Florida Gators baseball
- History of Florida
- History of the University of Florida
- List of Sigma Nu brothers
- List of University of Florida honorary degree recipients
- List of University of Florida people
- Jeffrey S. Solochek & Craig Basse, "Civic leader Alfred A. McKethan dies: The Brooksville native, philanthropist and Gator booster was a power in banking, road planning and citrus," St. Petersburg Times, April 2, 2002. Retrieved July 26, 2009.
- Editorial, "A tip of the hat to one who served the state well," St. Petersburg Times, April 5, 2002. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- University of Florida, Samuel Proctor Oral History Project, "Interview with Alfred A. McKethan (July 9, 1987)." Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- Florida Department of Transportation, Former Secretaries of the Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- GatorZone.com, Facilities, McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
- F Club, Hall of Fame, Honorary Letterwinners. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
- "Lindy Infante among seven Florida athletic honorees," The Gaineville Sun, p. 5C (April 6, 1988). Retrieved July 23, 2011.
- Alfred A. McKethan, Hernando County: Our Story, Brooksville, Florida (1989).
- Hernando County, Parks & Recreation, Alfred McKethan / Pine Island Park. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
- McKethan, Alfred A., Hernando County: Our Story, Brooksville, Florida (1989).
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- Florida Department of Transportation – Official website of Florida Department of Transportation.
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