|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1951|
Dr. W. Webber Kelly was one of the original owners of the Green Bay Packer Football Team. Dr. W. Webber Kelly helped the Green Bay Packers franchise survive in the ‘20s and ‘30s. The Packers president in 1929, he served as team physician and executive committee member from 1923-51. Born in Jamaica, educated in England and schooled in medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. W. Webber Kelly was a wise choice as one of the prominent citizens Andrew Turnbull invited to support the Packers in 1923.
Dr. W. Webber Kelly wed Ida Marie Nadeau, daughter of Jean Baptiste Nadeau and Mary Louise Drolet, April 5, 1915.
Kelly served as team physician through the 1949 season. He often treated Packers players free of charge
The Hungry Five is the collective name given to five Green Bay, Wisconsin area businessmen who were instrumental in keeping the Green Bay Packers franchise in operation during its early years. Together, they raised funds, incorporated the team as a non-profit corporation, sold stock, established the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors and otherwise promoted the franchise.
The Hungry Five consisted of Curly Lambeau, Andrew B. Turnbull, attorney Gerald Francis Clifford, Dr. W. Webber Kelly and Leland H. Joannes. Turnbull was the Packers' first president and publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Joannes was the president for 17 years, helping guide the Packers through the Great Depression, near bankruptcy and a second stock sale. Kelly served one year as president, and also as team physician and as a board member. Clifford handled the team's legal affairs for 28 years. All have been inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Despite their years of service, only coach/player Curly Lambeau was ever paid a salary. They were christened "The Hungry Five" by Milwaukee Journal sportswriter Oliver E. Kuechle because they always seemed to have their hands out for money, since the franchise was often in financial trouble.
Ida Marie Nadeau Kelly (1884 - 1966)
Jacqueline R. Kelly (1917 - 2004)*
Allouez Catholic Cemetery And Chapel Mausoleum
Plot: Section F North
Created by: Jeanne Biebel
Record added: Sep 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117217954
Thank you for your service to "our" team.|
Added: Oct. 13, 2013