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James E. Hathaway

Died: Sunday, September 14, 2008
James E. Hathaway, 92, Louisville, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.

A native of Kansas City, he was an accountant for the Board of Public Utilities in that city for several years and served four years in the Kansas National Guard before going to work for the FBI of Washington, D.C., in 1941. He was a fingerprint technician in the identification division until he was appointed a special agent in 1943 after graduation from Southeastern University. He served in the Atlanta, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Wichita offices of the FBI, before being assigned to the Louisville office in 1958. He retired from the FBI in 1971 to become security director for the old Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust Co. in Louisville, where he was vice president from 1975 until retirement in 1981.

He was a past chairman of the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and was also a former chairman, a life member and a certified protection professional of the American Society for Industrial Security. He was the founder and past chairman of the Louisville Association of Bank Security Officers and served several years on the Security Commission of Bank Administration Institute, providing security standards and training for banks throughout the United States. He was a member and elder of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Matthews, the Louisville Civil War Round Table and the Cherokee Senior Golf Club, was a volunteer construction worker for Habitat for Humanity and a former volunteer tutor for the DuValle Learning Center of the Jefferson County (Ky.) School System.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances B. Hathaway; a daughter, Anne Hathaway Moore; and a son, Gary Wayne Hathaway.

Survivors include a son, James E. Hathaway Jr., of Little Rock, Ark.; two daughters, Jeanne E. Hathaway of Marblehead, Mass., and Claire Lynn Cox of Floyds Knobs; a stepdaughter, Susan F. Thompson of Charleston, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation: Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Pearson's Funeral Home in Louisville.

Memorial service: Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church followed by burial in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Habitat for Humanity or the charity of donor’s choice.

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