Monday, September 15, 2008
J. Patrick Rooney Dies
The IBJ's J.K. Wall reports that J. Patrick Rooney, former CEO of Golden Rule Insurance Co., passed away in his sleep last night. He was 80. Rooney was a big political contributor to many Republicans and occasionally a Democrat. He ran for a short while for Indiana governor back in 1996. I always saw him as fellow Illinoisan. He and his family spent many years in Lawrenceville, Illinois where Golden Rule was founded. He was quite active in Illinois Republican politics when I was growing up there. As I recall, he didn't have much fondness for the moderate Republicans who ran the Illinois Republican Party. He irked Illinois Gov. James Thompson so much one time the governor had his Department of Insurance threaten to de-domesticate Golden Rule, which all of you Hoosiers always thought was headquartered here. I think he found the Indiana Republican Party a little bit more to his ideological liking. Rooney was a very generous man as Wall's story notes, contributing to many good causes.