August 2005

Sloan Bashinsky, Samford Trustee and
Major Benefactor, Dies

"...'It was never his intent to seek publicity,' Corts said, 'which makes it all the more pleasant to call attention to the soft and magnanimous example of a no-nonsense business man. He cared deeply and gave generously'..."

Sloan Y. Bashinsky Sr. Sloan Y. Bashinsky Sr., long-time Samford University trustee and major donor, died Aug. 2 in Birmingham.

Bashinsky served as a trustee from 1984-99 and had been an honorary member of the University's board of trustees since 2000. He served as board vice chair and was chairman of the board's executive committee at the time of the University's charter change in 1994.

In addition to his service as trustee, Bashinsky provided several major gifts to Samford. The most significant is Leo Bashinsky Fieldhouse, named for his late father, who also had served as a Samford trustee.

Sloan Bashinsky also contributed to Bashinsky Press Tower at Samford's Seibert Stadium and made several other gifts "which rank him among the University's most generous philanthropists," according to Samford President Thomas E. Corts.

"It was never his intent to seek publicity," Corts said, "which makes it all the more pleasant to call attention to the soft and magnanimous example of a no-nonsense business man. He cared deeply and gave generously."

Samford awarded an honorary degree to Bashinsky in 1990.

Bashinsky was retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Golden Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Golden Flake snack foods. He was a member of Birmingham's Mountain Brook Baptist Church, where memorial services were held Aug. 5.