Ewing Marion Kauffman
Inducted - Monday, May 12, 1997
Sculptor: William J. Williams
Where is Ewing Marion Kauffman in the Hall of Famous Missourians?
Ewing Marion Kauffman was best known as the founder and original owner of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club. Kauffman moved to Kansas City at the age of eight. In 1950, he founded Marion Laboratories, Inc.; a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm. He guided the company from a net profit of $1,000 in its first year to sales that now exceed $3 billion annually. He also established the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to promote philanthropic efforts devoted to education and entrepreneurship.
Kauffman won numerous awards for his efforts, including Man of the Year in 1973 by the Kansas City Press Club; Missouri Sports Hall of Fame; the Horatio Alger Award; Kansas Citizen of the Year by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Legion. He was also honored as the 16th point of light in President George Bush's "Thousand Points of Light" tribute and received the Good Neighbor Award from the Harry S. Truman Foundation. He is buried in Kansas City at the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden.