As a father, Fred Kirby never missed one of his four children's'
swim meets. What this says about this titan of American industry is more than
any singular tribute can say. Business success comes to many, athletic
success comes to special achievers, but true success as a human being comes to
those who make a very special commitment to their loved ones and the world
A heritage of industrial pioneers in the Kirby family tree left Fred a legacy
of knowledge and understanding of the business world. Fred's
chairmanship of the Alleghany corporation has nurtured this company's growth
into one of the largest holding companies in the United States.
Alleghany is the largest single stockholder in American Express, owns Chicago
Title Insurance Company, the world's largest title insurance operation and
other title and casualty insurers including a large stake in St. Paul
The Gold Medallion Award is not the first such recognition for Fred
Kirby. The Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All American Award for
1965 recognized Fred Kirby's athletic achievements as a regular on Lafayette's
last undefeated football team. Fred graduated from Lafayette College as
president of his class in 1942, earning varsity letters in swimming, as well
as football and wrestling. He served as a World War II naval officer in
amphibious operations receiving his graduate degree from Harvard Business
School after the war.
Other awards include the NCAA Citation fro 1965, Pennsylvania Society Gold
Medalist, St. Joseph's University Honorary Doctorate of Laws and Lafayette
College Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
Fred's active role in the National Football Foundation and College Football
Hall of Fame as vice chairman and his service as a Director and Trustee of the
International Swimming Hall of Fame continues his active participation in the
sports he loves best. He also serves on the Board of Directors of
Affirmative Insurance Company, American Express, Chicago Title and Trust
Company, Cyclops Industries, Inc. Insura Property and Casualty Insurance
Company, The Pittston Company, Shelby Insurance Company, the F.W. Woolworth
Company and various charitable organizations.
Fred Kirby is honored not only for his swimming accomplishments and his
achievements in the world of business, but for his success as a mentor father
to Alice, Fred, Dillard and Jefferson and four grandchildren - the children of
a lifelong love affair with his wife Walker.