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April 14, 2004

William Ireland to receive Honorary Degree from Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Longtime Vulcan Materials executive and civic leader William R. Ireland Sr. of Birmingham will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Birmingham-Southern College during ceremonies April 20.

The recognition of Ireland's lifetime of exemplary service to others will be made during the college's Honors Day Convocation at 10 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium.

Ireland joined Vulcan Materials Co. in 1946 and held executive positions with the subsidiaries of Atlanta Aggregate and Stockbridge Stone Co., and for the company's Midwest Division. He was manager of community relations for Vulcan at his retirement in 1986.

Born in Gadsden, he is a graduate of Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and attended Birmingham-Southern, Auburn University, Marion Military Institute, and the University of Alabama. He has received honorary degrees from both Auburn and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Ireland currently is chairman of the C.B. Ireland Foundation and on the board of the Alabama Division of the American Cancer Society and

William R. Ireland Sr

Alabama Wildlife Federation. His past activities include leadership roles with Big Brothers of Greater Birmingham, Boy Scouts of America, Cahaba River Society, Alabama Heart Association, Alabama Sheriffs' Boys and Girls Ranches, United Way of Jefferson County, and Southern Environmental Law Center.

His numerous honors include the Distinguished American Award from the Alabama Division of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1981, Alabama Broadcasters Association Citizen of the Year in 1981, Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year in 1991, Alabama Wildlife Federation's Walter L. Mims Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and Conservationist of the Year in 2003, National Society of Fund Raising Executive's Philanthropist of the Year in 1999, and The National Conference for Community Justice Honoree in 2000.

He was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Distinguished Alabama Sportsman in 2000.


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