Dinwiddie Lampton Jr., passionate equestrian, jockey and four-in-hand driver, died Sept. 25 at his home in Lexington, Ky. He was 94.
Mr. Lampton was the longtime president of American Life & Accident Insurance Co., the company that his father started. He graduated from Culver Military Academy (Ind.) and attended St. John’s College (Md.) until his father called him home to work at the insurance company.
Mr. Lampton showed American Saddlebreds as a boy before moving on to compete in polo and steeplechase as a young man. He raced on the flat in the original “gentlemen” races at Churchill Downs and later spent 30 years driving horses. He was a member of the American Driving Society, the Carriage Association of America, The Coaching Club and the Metropolitan Club in New York City.
As a young man, he was initiated into Masonry and was a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite, The Royal Order of Scotland, the Red Cross of Constantine, Kosair Shrine, York Rite Commandery, and the Military Order of World Wars. He served on the Regional Board of the Salvation Army and was the director of Citizens Fidelity Bank for 10 years. As a believer in saving land, he bought several farms for the company, in perpetuity, including Elmendorf and Hardscuffle in Kentucky and Beechdale in Pennsylvania.
His survivors include: his sons, Dinwiddie Lampton III and Mason H. Lampton; a daughter, Nina Lampton; a sister, Mary Jane Lampton Peabody; four grandchildren; and five great-grand-children.
Memorial donations may be made to the Culver Military Academy, 1300 Academy Rd., Culver, IN 46511 or The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 3387, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Carriage Museum of America, 4089 Ironworks Pkwy. Lexington, KY 40511.