J. J. Lynn, in Kansas City, Missouri
Epperson House was donated
by J. J. Lynn to the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) in 1943.
This was for the purpose of housing Naval Cadets
at the University during the years of World War II.
Being on campus, there are college legends of
this mansion being haunted
by the adopted daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. U.S. Epperson.
Mr. Epperson was greatly impressed with young
J. J. Lynn, who bought Epperson Underwriting Company from him when Epperson
wished to retire. Epperson Underwriting insured a nation-wide empire of
lumber yards started by R.
A. Long of Kansas City. This business became Lumbermen's Underwriting
Alliance (L.U.A.) which is still a part of the Lynn Insurance Group.
U. S. Epperson left his mansion to J. J. Lynn
in his will.
This commemorative wall in the UMKC student union
lists Lynn's gift to the university.
In 1922, Universal
Underwriters Insurance Company (UUIC) was formed,
with Mr. Lynn as the owner, to insure automobile
Lynn's nephew, Eugene Lynn, and business associates
dedicated this building to the memory of J. J. Lynn in 1960.
His likeness appeared on a plaque in the entryway.
Universal Underwriters was purchased from the
Lynn estate by his nephew, Eugene Lynn.
This building is now part of the UMKC
campus and is the Administrative
J. J. Lynn's nephew, Eugene
Lynn, passed away Nov. 28, 1999.
University of Boca Raton, Florida is named Lynn because of his family's
generous gifts to that school ..
Universal Underwriters built a new office building
several miles away in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Zurich Group purchased UUIC from Eugene Lynn
and the Lynn Insurance Group in the 1980's.
Universal is now Zurich North America.
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