William G. Mays
We have received the sad news that the 61st Laurel Wreath Wearer, Brother William G. Mays transitioned from labor to reward, Thursday, December 4, 2014. Brother Mays was a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., having been initiated at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, the Alpha chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., April 11, 1964. At his passing, he was a member of the Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Chapter. Brother Mays was one of the most successful business professionals in the State of Indiana. Mays, an Evansville native, founded Mays Chemical in 1980. The company has become one of the world's largest chemical distributors under his leadership. In addition to his thriving chemical empire, Mays’ entrepreneurial ventures have included radio and television stations, golf courses, commercial and residential properties, and the historic Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper. The entrepreneur was also the first African-American chairman of the board for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the first and only African-American to serve as chairman of the annual campaign for the United Way of Central Indiana. This high achieving brother demonstrated through his body of work, that “achievement in every field of human endeavor” is a reachable goal and worthy for all brothers to emulate. Brother Mays is survived by his wife Dr. Rose Mays, retired associate dean of community affairs at Indiana University’s School of Nursing, daughters Kristin Mays-Corbitt, president of Mays Chemical and Heather Mays Wood, an educator. Further information and arrangements will be published as they are made available to the fraternity.