A resolution honoring the life of Mr. J. D. Elliott.

WHEREAS, on July 22, 2015, Nashville and Davidson County lost one of its most beloved and respected public servants in the passing of Mr. J. D. Elliott; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott was a thoughtful leader and mentor to virtually everyone in the Nashville nonprofit sector, providing guidance, inspiration, and encouragement to nonprofit agency CEOs, staff, and volunteers; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott was respected by the philanthropic community for his knowledge of how donors can make a difference in the Nashville community; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott was a leader in the healthcare community as President of Nashville Memorial Hospital from 1968 to 1994; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott made the transition in 1994 to lead the newly created Memorial Foundation; and

WHEREAS, during Mr. Elliott’s tenure as President and CEO of The Memorial Foundation, the Foundation has allocated over $132 million dollars to improve the quality of life in Nashville and Middle Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott was greatly admired in the community for his service on the Metropolitan Sports Authority, most recently serving as Chairman; and

WHEREAS, in addition to his role with the Metropolitan Sports Authority, Mr. Elliott’s public service included serving on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America; serving as Chair of the World Christian Broadcasting Board; serving on the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Board; serving as Vice-Chair of the Lipscomb University Board; serving on the Board of Goodpasture Christian School; and was recognized as a Most Admired CEO in Davidson County by the Nashville Business Journal in 2014; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott was also deeply devoted to his family as a loving husband to his bride, Anita, father to his three children, Michelle, Juanita and David, grandfather to his six grandchildren, and great-grandfather to his three great grand-children; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott needed very few words to express his thoughts, and nonprofit and community leaders learned to interpret those words carefully, as it was always advice that was positive in its tone and supportive and nurturing; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council remember and honor the life of Mr. J. D. Elliott, and express its sincere condolences to Mr. Elliott’s family.


Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as honoring the life of Mr. J. D. Elliott.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to the family of Mr. J. D. Elliott.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Ronnie Steine, Megan Barry, Karen Bennett, Bill Pridemore, Phil Claiborne, Carter Todd, Lonnell Matthews, Erica Gilmore


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: August 4, 2015
Adopted: August 4, 2015
Approved: August 10, 2015
By: Mayor's signature

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