'The book' on Francis Guess
, humanitarian award winner
Here is our 2013 interview with Francis S. Guess, who died Thursday.
When the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
named businessman Francis S. Guess
its 2013 Kraft Humanitarian Award recipient, the only real surprise was that he
hadn't won it already.
Guess, 67, whose business career and personal endeavors cover everything from serving on the National Civil Rights Commission and Tennessee Commission on Human Rights to acting as Commissioner for the Tennessee departments of Labor and General Services under Gov.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville civil rights advocate, businessman and state commissioner Francis Guess has died.
Family friend Vincent Williams said Guess died at his home Thursday night.
Guess was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Commission on Civil Rights in 1983.
Guess was an executive for Danner Co., which operated the Shoney's chain of restaurants.
also owned and operated the Helicopter Corporation of America
was first appointed to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission
He also served as Tennessee commissioner of general services and as assistant commissioner in the Department of Personnel.
He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, then earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Tennessee State University.
followed that with an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, then completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University
In the business world, he was executive vice president of The Danner Company, a management and investment firm, and continues as executive director of the Danner Foundation, a family foundation that has contributed more than $10 million to education and health programs.
also owns and operates Helicopter Corporation of America
More than 100 organizations have benefited from his
input and leadership, and as he
receives the Kraft Award he
reflects on his
lifelong pursuit of civil liberties, and what that means in a city, and state, where many still strive to be equal.