Donald W. Reynolds
Donald Worthington Reynolds (1906-1993) was a Mid-South business leader, media entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Reynolds parents were Gaines W. Reynolds and Anna Louise Reynolds. His father was involved in the wholesale grocery trade in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Donald W. Reynolds attended the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1927. After college he borrowed $1,000 to establish a photo engraving company before purchasing the Quincy Evening News in Quincy, Massachusetts. He sold the newspaper and bought the Okmulgee Daily Times of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Arkansas. These were the first two papers in the Donrey Media Group.
Reynold's Donrey Media Grop eventually grew to become one of the largest private media empires in the nation, encompassing more than one hundred newspapers, radio stations, television broadcasting operations, cable television franchises, and billboard operators.
Reynolds left behind a substantial fortune at his death, much of which became available to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation which has built facilities like the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas and the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development at UALR.
Reynolds had three children: Nancy, Donald, and Jonathan.