During his investment career, Lindner was instrumental in contributing to employees of the Great American Insurance Group, the Cincinnati Reds, Chiquita, Hanna-Barbera, Kings Island, Taft Broadcasting, the Cincinnati Enquirer, Provident Bank, General Cable Corp. and Penn Central Corp. Remember him for hosting legendary Christmas parties with stars like Frank Sinatra and gifts for every employee.
A supporter of Cincinnati’s educational, religious, cultural, and civic organizations, he has served on the boards of the Cincinnati Fine Arts Museum, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Citizens for a Better Cincinnati, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, among others. The Lindner family have also been a major benefactor of the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, the Lindner Center of HOPE, the Lindner Family Center for Endangered Wildlife Reproduction at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Lindner Ice Age Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Lindner Family Tennis Pavilion at Sawyer Point, Boy Scouts of America, the National Underground Railroad, and the World Trade Center Memorial.
In 1994 he was named Great Living Cincinnatian. The next year he received the International Peace Award, the highest international award from the Jewish National Fund. In addition, he was considered a friend and confidante of numerous US presidents. Lindner is survived by his wife Edyth; their sons Carl III, Craig, and Keith; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
On Friday, October 21, a memorial procession traveled in Carl Lindner’s hearse from downtown Cincinnati to Kenwood, passing places of importance to the businessman. At around 9:45 a.m. the procession passed the Lindner College of Business, where the UC community said goodbye with meaningful signs, music from the marching band and a last farewell treat with United Dairy Farmers ice cream. Click the photo above to view the slideshow.
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