Philanthropist Remembered For Springfield Contributions
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - More than 450 people attended the memorial service for Springfield philanthropist John Q. Hammons, who built more than 200 hotels in 40 states and reshaped his hometown.
Hammons died May 26 in Springfield at the age of 94. He built more than 200 hotels nationwide, including Embassy Suites, Marriotts and Radissons and also developed an expansive real estate portfolio of golf courses, restaurants, convention centers, a casino and riverboat gambling.
The Springfield News-Leader reports during the ceremony Tuesday at Missouri State University, Jim Anderson, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, said Hammons had a "head for business and a heart for his community."
Mayor Bob Stephens highlighted Hammons' contributions to Springfield and listed the numerous buildings, including Hammons Field, that he had a major role in developing.