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Hardy L. Payor, retired executive, dies at 73


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 28, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG -- Hardy L. Payor, a retired insurance executive and former chairman of the board of trustees of Bayfront Medical Center, has died at 73.

Mr. Payor, noted for his work as chairman of a St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce health planning committee in the 1970s, died Thursday (March 22, 2001) at home under hospice care.

In 1968, he was one of 13 trustees named to run the public Mound Park Hospital when the city turned it over to Bayfront Medical Center, a not-for-profit private corporation, in hopes of improving its management. He served as secretary and treasurer.

Mr. Payor, board chairman from 1973 to 1975, more recently was a founding member of the hospital's Ambassadors, an educational group.

A former president of West Coast Insurors, Mr. Payor moved to St. Petersburg in 1957 from Tampa, where he worked for Aetna Insurance after college and military service, and joined Robert E. Fowler in Fowler & Payor, an agency with roots going back to 1928.

That company became West Coast Insurors with Mr. Payor as its president until his retirement.

Born in New Britain, Conn., Hardy Lewis Payor was a 1950 graduate of Brown University and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was a past president of the Greater St. Petersburg Association of Insurance Agents, which named him Insurance Agent of the Year in 1970, and of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents.

He was also a former president of the Brown University West Coast Alumni Club and the Breakfast Optimist Club.

Recently, he volunteered at Florida International Museum and was a member of the Friends of the Library board.

He was a member of Lakewood Country Club, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and Maximo Presbyterian Church, and he was a former member of the Suncoasters and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Suzanne; a daughter, Susan Payor-Wilkerson, Atlanta; a son, David H., Tampa; a brother, David H., Eastham, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. April 2 at Maximo Presbyterian Church, 3200 58th Ave. S. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 62nd Avenue S Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770.

- Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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