Indianapolis plane crash victims

1992-09-12T00:00:00Z Indianapolis plane crash victims
September 12, 1992 12:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The five men who died Friday in a plane collision over

southeastern Marion County included the following:

--Frank McKinney Jr., 53, former president of Ohio-based Banc One Corp. and

of Bank One Indianapolis;

--R.V. Welch, a prominent downtown developer and unsuccessful 1976

Democratic candidate for mayor of Indianapolis;

--John R. Weliever, former director of the Hoosier Lottery and the Indiana

Department of Administration;

--Michael A. Carroll, 51, former deputy mayor of Indianapolis and special

assistant to Sens. Richard Lugar and Dan Quayle; and

--William Mullen, the plane's pilot.


McKinney retired as president of Banc One Corp. and Bank One Indianapolis in

early 1990, after masterminding the merger of American Fletcher National Bank

and Columbus, Ohio-based Banc One in 1986.

Frequently mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for various

political offices, McKinney was an prominent Indiana University swimmer who

went on to win a silver medal in the backstroke in the 1960 Summer Olympics in

Melbourne, Australia.

His father, Frank McKinney Sr., was a self-made millionaire and chairman of

the Democratic Party during the Truman era who guided American Fletcher to

become one of the state's largest banks during the 1950s and 1960s.


Weliever, a businessman and Martinsville auto dealer, was named director of

the Hoosier Lottery in December 1989 after the lottery's first director, Jack

Crawford, was forced to resign amid a sexual scandal involving the agency's

personnel director.

A long-time activist in Hoosier Democratic politics, previously served as

commissioner of the Department of Administration under Gov. Evan Bayh.

Credited by the governor with guiding the lottery through a difficult

transition period, Weliever resigned as the lottery's director in October 1991

to take over a Lebanon car dealership with his son.


Welch founded Fidelity Bank of Indiana in Carmel and from March 1990 through

September 1991 he was chairman of a group whose goal was to find ways

Indianapolis Public Schools could save money and operate more efficiently.

The Democrat lost the city's mayoral election to Republican William H.

Hudnut. He later formed the Indianapolis Football Corporation, which helped

lead to the construction of the Hoosier Dome.

From 1954 to 1973, Welch's company, R.V. Welch Investments built 1,200 homes

in Indianapolis, South Bend and Atlanta. The company also built and managed

1,100 apartments in Indianapolis and leased 11 manufacturing facilities

throughout the United States.


Carroll, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress in 1982, became

director of community development for Lilly Endowment Inc. in 1984 and later

vice president of the charitable group.

He was deputy mayor of Indianapolis from 1974 to 1976 and was and assistant

to Lugar and Quayle from 1977 to 1982.

Active in Republican politics since the mid 1970s, he also had been vice

president for corporate development at James and Associates, Indiana's largest

architectural firm.

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