John Q. Hammons Dies at 94
Springfield, MO developer John Q. Hammons has died at 94, according to Springfield, Missouri CBS affiliate KOLR.
Hammons is the namesake of the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers where numerous events are held throughout the year. Hammons also built the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.
Hammons had been living at Elifindale Manor since 2010 after a downturn in his health.
The Missouri native developed more than 210 hotel properties in 40 states and was honored with numerous lifetime achievement awards.
Hammons donated millions to the city of Springfield and other organizations. Some of his philanthropic efforts included LPGA sponsorships in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
He also sponsored the award-winning 10,000 seat Double-A Minor League baseball stadium that is home to the Springfield Cardinals.
Funeral arrangements for Hammons have not been released yet. But donations in his name are being urged, in lieu of flowers, according to KOLR.
Those can be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.