Longtime Trustee James E. Bondurant Helped Shape LWC
Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 [6:00 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Longtime Lindsey Wilson
College trustee Judge James E. Bondurant was remembered as one of
the "critical leaders" who helped the college during a period of
"incredible transition and growth."
Bondurant, formerly of \Hodgenville, Ky., died
Thursday, Dec. 26, at the age of 84.
Bondurant served on the Lindsey Wilson Board of
Trustees for more than 30 years, joining it in 1979 when the school
was a junior college. He was chairman of the board from 1984-1989,
during which time he helped Lindsey Wilson make the transition to a
liberal arts college.
"Judge Bondurant was one of the giants of Lindsey
Wilson," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. "He worked closely with
three of the college's presidents, and he was an invaluable leader,
adviser and mentor to all three."
LWC Chancellor John B. Begley -- who was LWC's sixth president
when Bondurant became a trustee -- said Bondurant was an important
voice on the board.
"He was among a group of critical leaders who
guided this college through a period of incredible transition and
growth," Begley said.
In 1989, Bondurant was given the LWC Distinguished
Service Award for his leadership as board chair. During his tenure
as board chair, Lindsey Wilson's student body, faculty and budget
more than doubled and three buildings were added to its A.P. White
"I very much appreciate this honor from Lindsey
Wilson College," Bondurant said in 1989. "I'm proud of the progress
made by Lindsey Wilson in the past several years, and I look
forward to even more progress this next decade."
Bondurant then became chair of the LWC Board of
Trustees Executive Committee, a position that allowed him to
continue to work closely with the college's administration. In
1993, he received a doctorate of letters,honoris
causa, from LWC.
Born in Charlestown, Ind., Bondurant grew up in
Brandenburg, Ky., and he was a leader in the Kentucky Methodist
Church. He once said that his first memory of a minister as a child
was the Rev. Victor P. Henry, who went on to become the third
president of Lindsey Wilson.
A graduate of Meade County High School, Bondurant
earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of
A Navy veteran and an officer in the Army Reserves,
Bondurant practiced law in Hodgenville, Ky., and also served two
terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He was elected
judge of Kentucky's 10th Judicial District in 1985 until his
retirement. In 2000 the Kentucky Supreme Court chief justice
appointed him as the commonwealth's first senior judge.
Bondurant claims the record for having held court
in more counties in Kentucky than any other judge, past or
Bondurant also served on the board of Alliant
Corporation, which operated Kentucky's Methodist Evangelical
Hospital, Norton Hospital and Kosair Children's Hospital; he helped
organize First Citizens Bank in Elizabethtown, Ky.; and he owned
and operated a 300-acre farm in the Doe Valley area of LaRue
In 2011, Bondurant was inducted into the Meade
County High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
Bondurant is survived by his wife, Kaye, of more
than 60 years, two children, two grandchildren and four
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. ET Friday, Dec. 27,
at Bennett-Bertram, 208 W Water St, Hodgenville, Ky., and the
funeral will be 11 a.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 28, at the LaRue County
Courthouse, 209 W High St, Hodgenville, Ky.