We lost an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a trailblazer with the recent passing of Ethelmae Humphreys, long-serving chairman of TAMKO Building Products. Ethelmae was committed to establishing a better, freer and more prosperous world.
Our sympathies to the Humphreys family, TAMKO staff, and Ethelmae’s friends.
TAMKO’s founding principles were to work hard, do your best, be fair and honest, and hire people you can trust to do the same. The example Ethelmae established — recruiting the right people and treating them well — remains impactful today as employees devote tens of thousands of hours each year to transforming their communities.
Ethelmae launched two family foundations that together have awarded more than $50 million to organizations dedicated to individual freedom, community development and civic life. She combined a unique blend of hands-on community building with generous financial support.
A contributor to IHS since the early 1960s, Ethelmae was a key driver of IHS’ work and directly responsible for the tens of thousands of faculty and students who have encountered the ideas of freedom.
Her husband, Jay, joined the IHS board in 1978 and served as chair until his 1992 retirement, at which time their son, David, became a board member. David currently chairs the executive committee, continuing 43 consecutive years of Humphreys family commitment to the IHS board and mission.
Ethelmae Humphreys exemplified a life lived through unparalleled devotion to principle and generosity. Her spirit will live on through those she encountered and encouraged. She will be greatly missed, and always remembered.
For more on Ethelmae Humphreys, her extraordinary career, and her contributions to a freer, more prosperous society, visit the Joplin Globe.