Past RI President James Bomar dies at 87
James L. Bomar, Jr., president of Rotary International in 1979-80,
25 June evening at Bedford County Nursing Home, Shelbyville,
after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
June at First Presbyterian Church.
Born 1 July, 1914, in Bedford County, Bomar joined the Rotary Club of
Shelbyville in 1942. Fired by the belief that Rotarians can
and collectively change the world for the better and with "Let
The Way" as theme of the year he was RI president, the energetic
lawyer promoted world peace and goodwill internationally.
Bomar was a member of the Tennessee, American, and Federal Energy bar
associations and the International Society of Barristers. Very much
internationalist, Bomar's work and zeal to serve humanity took him
most U.S. states and to more than 30 countries. Bomar had a long and
illustrious public career as speaker of the Tennessee House of
Representatives, speaker of the State Senate, and lieutenant governor
Tennessee. In 1993, he was inducted into the Tennessee Walking Horse
of Fame. He also was a church leader, aviator, amateur actor,
farmer, humanitarian and community leader.
Bomar served RI as district governor, International Assembly
leader, committee member, Foundation trustee and chairman, director
vice-president as well as president. He received the PolioPlus
Award for his extraordinary service to PolioPlus. It was under his
leadership that Rotary took the first step in the long campaign to
Past President Bomar is survived by his wife, Edith, two sons, five
grandchildren, and a brother. In lieu of flowers, any gifts may be
to: Bomar Interact Foundation, c/o Jerry Adams, Treasurer, P.O. Box
Chattanooga, TN 37401, USA.
Courtesy: Rotary News Basket 713