“The University of Louisville is such an important part of this community that I’m just grateful to be a small part of supporting it,” Swope said at the time.
Swope graduated from Ohio State University and moved to Elizabethtown in 1951. He built a large, successful dealership there before moving to Louisville in 1961 and developing Sam Swope Auto Group.
“This is a generous gift from a generous man” Ramsey said. “Sam’s love for UofL and the people of Louisville clearly knows no bounds.”
Swope has been a strong supporter of Kosair Charities, Boy Scouts, Masonic Homes and other Louisville-area nonprofit groups.
His $1 million gift to UofL is undesignated and the university will spend it on top priorities.