Former CUSEC Board of Directors member William R. "Ronn" Padgett, 57, of Lexington, husband of Muriel Amos "Mickey" Padgett passed away Fri., April 2, 2004. Ronn was born Fri., July 26, 1946, the son of William Fisher and Isabel Lanham Padgett of Perryville, Ky. He retired in 2002 as the Director of the Ky. Division of Emergency Management. He was a graduate of Centre College and held a masters degree in public administration. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1969 and retired as a Lt. Col. in the National Guard. He was deeply involved in the Partners of the Americas. He was a member and past president of the Ky.-Ecuador Partners and served two terms as a board member and one term as treasurer on the International Board of Directors of the Partners of the Americas. He was a recipient of a Kellogg Fellowship in International Development.
He was a member of several professional organizations including KEMA, NEMA, CUSEC and the KYNGA. In retirement he worked with FEMA and as a consultant. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his children, Gretchen Honican, Kathleen Padgett, and Bomark Padgett; two grandchildren, Abigail and Griffin Honican; a brother, Kenneth L. Padgett; nieces and nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be 2 pm Tues., April 6th at Crestwood Christian Church. Burial will be private. Visitation will be 3 - 5 pm and 7 - 9 pm Mon., April 5th at Whitehall Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be directed to Kentucky-Ecuador Partners, c/o Kay Roberts, 102 Bradley Hall, University of Ky., Lexington, KY 40506-0058.