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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Career highlights are noted for each distinguished recipient.


Mr. Ulysses "Skip" Bennett '67
Arlington, Texas
First African-American graduate of BSC
Former CFO, Mobil Corporation

Dr. H. Newton Malony '52
Pasadena, California
Senior Professor of Psychology in Fuller Seminary's School of Psychology

Senator J.T. "Jabo" Waggoner '60
Birmingham, Alabama
Alabama State Senate representing 16th district


Dr. Robert Corley '70
Birmingham, Alabama
Former director for the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program and the Center for Urban Affairs

Dr. Sharon Spencer '79
Birmingham, Alabama
Chief of Medical Services, Radiation Oncology, University of Alabama Hospitals

Dr. Robert Baldwin '03 MPPM
Birmingham, Alabama
Expert and author on capital punishment


Dr. Donald R. Kahn '50
Birmingham, Alabama
Cardiac Surgeon, Open Heart Surgery Pioneer

Mrs. Mary Kimbrough Jackson '58
Birmingham, Alabama
Accomplished organist, teacher, choir director, composer, accompanist

Mr. David L. Allred '71
Edgewater, MD
Retired, Department of Justice; Adjunct Professor American University College of Law


Dr. H. Joseph Hughes, Jr. '49
Birmingham, Alabama
Internal Medicine Physician
Norwood Clinic

Mr. Dan K. Anderson '79
Birmingham, Alabama
Diversified Supply, Inc.

Dr. William U. Eiland '70
Athens, Georgia
Georgia Museum of Art


Mr. Hugh Martin, Jr. '35
Encinitas, California
American musical theatre and film composer

Reverend Samuel E. Mann, III '62
Kansas City, Missouri
Pastor, St. Marks Church

Dr. F. Cleveland Kinney '67
Birmingham, Alabama
Professor and Director
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UAB


Mr. Kirby Sevier, Sr. '68
Birmingham, Alabama
Maynard Cooper & Gale PC

Mrs. Sally Wood Johnson '53
Birmingham, Alabama

Mr. John O. Northrop, Jr. '72
Birmingham, Alabama
Executive Director
Alabama School of Fine Arts


Mr. Robert E. Clem '67
New York, New York
Waterfront/Foundation for New York

Mr. Elvin R. Hilyer, Jr. '60
Dahlonega, Georgia
Resident Technical Advisor
The Carter Center

Mrs. Jean Prescott Pierce '52
Birmingham, Alabama
Children's Theatre


Dr. Kenneth W. Bramlett '77
Partner/Orthopaedic Surgeon, Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
Specialist in adult arthritis reconstruction and joint replacement surgery

Ms. Martha Jane Patton '68
Executive Director/Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham
Board Member, National Conference of Women's Bar Associations
Community leader, volunteer

Mrs. Margaret Enslen Sherrill '51
Retired medical technologist, posts including Simon-Williamson Clinic and Baptist Princeton
Church volunteer, youth volunteer, crisis counselor


Mr. Charles L. Gaines III '64
Author, journalist, screenwriter, editor
Cine Gold Eagle Awards, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award

Dr. Carol Newsom '71
Atlanta, Georgia
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Emory University
Scholar, Author, Editor

Mrs. Theresa Bruno Sprain '57
Birmingham, Alabama
Founder, director, Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy


Mr. Charles H. Hudgins '62
Gilmer, Texas
Leader, Higher Education Technology Systems

Dr. Sena Jeter Naslund '64
Louisville, Kentucky
Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Louisville
Editor, The Louisville Review

Mrs. Marian McCoy Phillips '52
Director of Women's Programs, Downtown Birmingham and Shades Valley YMCAs
Coordinator, Birmingham/Jefferson County Special Olympics
Board Member, United Methodist Church Children's Home, Selma


Dr. Richard D. deShazo '67
Jackson, Mississippi
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Allergy/ Immunology, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
President, Association of Professors of Medicine
President, Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

Hon. James S. Garrett '67
Judge, Circuit Court Criminal Division for Jefferson County
President, Alabama Circuit Judges Association
President, Alabama Municipal Judges Association

Rev. Dr. Florence Wates Pert '51
New York, New York
Senior Associate Pastor, Marble Collegiate Church of New York City; Director of New Spirit Café
Staff Member, The Peale Center for Christian Living
Director of Leadership Development, Guideposts Magazine
Recipient, Community Service Award from the Harlem Interfaith Counseling Service and BUDDY (Bringing Up Daughters Differently) Award from the National Organization of Women


Dr. S T Kimbrough, Jr. '58
New York, New York
Associate General Secretary of Mission Evangelism for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church
Author, Opera Singer, Recording Artist

Dr. Elmer Key Sanders '34
Houston, Texas
Surgeon, Kelsey Seybold Medical Group
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Baylor University
Assistant Chief, Department of Surgery, Veteran's Administration Hospital
Director of the Cancer Registry, Ben Taub General Hospital

Ms. Carol Ann Smith '71
Attorney, Founding Partner of Smith & Ely
President, Birmingham Bar Association


Mrs. Eleanor Bergquist Becker '63
Pasadena, California
Associate Director, Editorial Production, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.
Singer, The Metropolitan Opera

Mr. R. Steve Briggs '71
Executive Vice President, Protective Life Insurance Company

Dr. Walter C. McCoy '33
Physician—Internal Medicine
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Former President, Medical Staff of St. Vincent's Hospital


Dr. Richard L. Rowan '53
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Professor of Industry, Co-Director, Center For Human Resources, and Chairman, Labor Relations Council,
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Committee on International Investment, U. S. State Department

Mr. Guthrie J. Smith '35
Fayette, Alabama
Mayor, City of Fayette

Ms. Gloria Spruill '58
Educational Sales Consultant, D. C. Heath & Co.
Community Volunteer


Dr. Dora Henley Going '37
Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center

Mr. Richard I. Kirkland '73
New York, New York
Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine

Mr. Clay C. Long '58
Atlanta, Georgia
Partner/Chairman, McKenna Long, & Aldridge
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)


Dr. Dorothy Thompson Chambers '47
Director of Vocational Education, Birmingham Board of Education

Dr. Arnold Royal '39
Physician, Children's Medical Group
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama School of Medicine

Hon. Sandra Hendrickson Storm '68
Presiding Circuit Judge, Family Court of Jefferson County


Dr. Loretta Graves Brown '47
Professor/Chairman, Department of Communications Science and Disorders, University of Montevallo

Mrs. Elise McWilliams Penfield '61
Executive Director, Leadership Birmingham

Mr. N. Manly Yeilding, Jr. '51
Attorney, Dominick, Fletcher, Yeilding, Woo


Hon. William M. Acker, Jr. '49
United States District Judge

Mr. John W. Lovin, Jr. '52
Senior Vice President, Torchmark Corporation
Executive Vice President, Liberty National Life Insurance

Mr. John Andrew Martin '59
Dallas, Texas
Attorney, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blume
American Bar Association's Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer, 1990


Dr. Claudia Barton Blair '40
Director, Kirk Army Health Clinic, Aberdeen, Maryland

Mr. Murray C. Fincher '34
Mandeville, Louisiana
President, Louisiana Operations, South Central Bell

Miss Adele Rivers '30
Teacher and Counselor, Jackson County, Alabama and Oak Ridge, Tennessee


Dr. Joseph E. Johnson '55
Knoxville, Tennessee
President, University of Tennessee Central Administration
Chancellor, University of Tennessee Memphis Center for the Health Sciences

Mrs. Elsa Allgood Porter '49
Portland, Oregon
Management Consultant
Vice President, Research and Development, The Maccoby Group

Mr. Howell H. Raines '64
New York, New York
Executive Editor, The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, 1992


Dr. William H. Baxter, Jr. '42
Professor of Music, Birmingham-Southern College

Mr. C. Martin Hames '58
Headmaster/Teacher, The Altamont School, Birmingham

Mr. G. Thomas Patton, Jr. '49
Big Canoe, Georgia
Executive Vice President, General Motors Acceptance Corporation


Mr. James F. Hatcher, Jr. '43
Director, Town and Gown Theater, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Director, Miss Alabama Pageant
Producer/Director Birmingham Summerfest

Mrs. Ouida Blackerby Kinzey '42
Professor of Mathematics, Birmingham-Southern College

Dr. Henry C. Sparks '36
Teacher, School Administrator
Acting Superintendent, Birmingham Board of Education


Ms. Mary Margaret Carr '39
Atlanta, Georgia
Executive Director, Child Service and Family Counseling Center of Metropolitan Atlanta

Dr. Grace Hughes Guin '38
Physician, Veterans Administration

The Rt. Rev. Robert O. Miller '61
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama


Dr. Ben M. Carraway '32
Chairman of the Board, Carraway Methodist Hospital, Birmingham
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Alabama
Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Dr. Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. '59
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
President, Wake Forest University

Dr. O. C. Weaver, Jr. '35
Professor of Philosophy, Birmingham-Southern College


Mrs. Allen Orton Gibbs '35
Musician, Composer, Teacher of Music at Birmingham-Southern College

Mr. James W. Walker, Jr. '50
Villanova, Pennsylvania
General Counsel, CIGNA Corporation
Chairman, CIGNA Foundation
Executive Vice President, American Stock Exchange

Mr. Herbert B. West '36
President, The New York Community Trust Foundation


Dr. Harvie Branscomb '14
Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

Mr. W. Amos Hudson '47
Music Director, Highlands United Methodist Church, Birmingham
Choral Director, Town and Gown Theater, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mr. William H. Mandy '49
President, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama


Dr. Penelope Prewitt Cunningham '36
Program Specialist, Birmingham Board of Education

Dr. John M. Howard '41
Toledo, Ohio
Professor of Surgery, Medical College of Ohio
President, The American Trauma Society
Chairman, Committees on Shock and on Emergency Medical Services, National Research Council

Mr. Kenneth Liles '42
Bethesda, Maryland
Attorney, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan


Mr. Coleman Cooper '34
Founder, Apollo Boys' Choir, Palm Beach, Florida

Ms. Mary Jean Parson '56
Owner, Creative Planning and Communications, Birmingham

Mr. James F. Sulzby, Jr. '28
Author, Businessman
President, Sulzby Realty Co., Inc.
Founder, Alabama Historical Association


Mrs. Margaret McPheron Holland-Graves '28
Math Supervisor, Birmingham Board of Education

Dr. J. Kenneth Morland '38
Lynchburg, Virginia
Professor, Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Dr. John H. Yardley '49
Baltimore, Maryland
Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Donald C. Harrison '54
Cincinnati, OH
Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
President, American Heart Association
Co-Director, Falk Cardiovascular Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine

Mrs. Mary McKinnon Ledford '46
Director of Guidance, Jefferson County Board of Education

Mr. Frank C. Osment '39
Executive Vice President and Director, Amoco
Vice President, Standard Oil
Director, Harris Bancorp and McGraw-Edison Corporation


Dr. Paul W. Burleson '38
Naples, Florida
Physician, Internal Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine
Chairman, Alabama State Board of Mental Health
President, Alabama Society of Medicine

Mrs. Peggy Spain McDonald '39
Founder and Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Foundation


Dr. Alan R. Dimick '53
Physician and Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
President, American Burn Association

Mr. Joseph M. Farley '48
Attorney, Balch & Bingham

Mr. Herbert Singleton '28
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama


Miss Charlotte F. Andress '32
Executive Director of Inwood House, New York City
Board of Directors, National Association of Social Workers
National Advisory Board of Social Welfare for the United Methodist Church
Executive Director, Girl Scout Council of Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Arthur M. Freeman, Jr. '37
Director of Medicine, South Highlands Hospital Association, Birmingham
Director of Medical Education, HealthSouth Medical Center, Birmingham

Mrs. Nancy Huddleston Packer '45
Stanford, California
Professor of English, Stanford University
Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Stanford University, 1977
CommonwealthClub of California Book Award, 1976
O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, 1969, 1981


Dr. Cecil E. Abernethy '30
Academic Vice President and Dean, Birmingham-Southern College

Dr. Sam K. Cohn '36
President, Birmingham Academy of Medicine, Alabama Urology Society, and Medical Staff of St. Vincent's Hospital

Mr. Albert L. Fairley '34
President, CEO and Director, Hollinger Mines, Ltd. of Toronto
President and Director, Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation


Dr. Winfred L. Godwin '48
President, Southern Regional Education Board

Mrs. Katherine Meadow McTyeire '41
President and Founder of Iron Art, Inc.

Mr. John A.Williamson '39
Chairman of the Board, Williamson, Merrill, Taylor, and Darling


Dr. Ralph Adams '37
Chancellor, Troy State University

Dr. G. A. Costanzo '37
Vero Beach, Florida
Vice Chairman, Citibank, N.A., New York, New York

Mr. Clarence McDorman, Sr. '27
Founder, Chair, Board of Directors, Southern Cafeteria Company
Chair, Board of Directors,First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Birmingham


Mrs. Marguerite Johnston Barnes '38
Houston, Texas
Journalist/Editor, Houston Post

Mr. Frank M. Dominick, Jr. '41
Partner, Dominick, Fletcher, Yeilding, Wood

Dr. J. Benham Stewart '33
Macon, Georgia
Physician—Surgical Oncology, Stewart, Menendez & Rhame PC


Mr. Donald C. Brabston '41
Ernst & Young LLP

Dr. Wynelle Doggett Thompson '34
Professor of Chemistry, Birmingham-Southern College


Senator Howell T. Heflin '42
United States Senator
President, The Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
American Bar Association's John Marshall Award, 2003

Dr. Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton '41
Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Mr. Duard LeGrand '34
Editor, The Birmingham Post-Herald

Dr. Ralph M. Tanner '54
Baldwin City, Kansas
President, Birmingham-Southern College
President, Baker University
State Legislator, Kansas


Miss Mary Ruth Pippen '33
Director of Social Services, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mr. George Peach Taylor '48
Professor of Law, University of Alabama
American Bar Association's John Minor Wisdom Public Service And Professionalism Award, 2001


Dr. Katherine Kennedy Carmichael '32
Dean of Women, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mr. Edward A. Dannelly, Jr. '33
Editor and Co-Owner, The Andalusia Star-News


Mr. Hiram Benjamin Englebert '25
Professor of Mathematics and Coach, Birmingham-Southern College

Mr. Robert H. Walston '25
Bursar, Birmingham-Southern College


Mr. Robert E. Luckie, Jr. '40
Chairman, Luckie & Company

Dr. Felix C. Robb '36
Executive Director, Southern Association of Colleges & Schools

Mr. Frank B. Yeilding '26 Chairman, Jefferson Federal Savings & Loan Association, Birmingham
President, U. S. Savings & Loan League


Mr. Thomas E. Bradford '32
Chairman, Bradford & Company, Inc, Birmingham

Hon. Walter P. Gewin '30
United States Senior Circuit Judge


Mr. W. Cooper Green '23
Mayor of Birmingham
Jefferson County Commissioner

Mr. S. Vincent Townsend '25
Vice President and Assistant to the Publisher, The Birmingham News