Hundreds remember James E. Stowers Jr., pay respects

03/24/2014 9:06 PM

03/24/2014 9:06 PM

About 500 people paid their respects to the family of James E. Stowers Jr. in a celebration of his life Monday at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City.

Stowers, who was 90 when he died last week, established the institute with his wife, Virginia, from their fortune created by American Century Investments, which he started in 1958.

Visitors were able to see a short video about Stowers, including old film of him swimming, and signed guest books flanked by life-size cut outs of Jim and Virginia’s wedding photos — one with her holding the bouquet and the other with the couple cutting the cake. They’d been made for the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.