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Augustine “Buddy” Leo ’45
Fairfield on Oct. 9, 2011.  Leo was
retired from the Social Security
Administration and was a member
of Town and Gown Theatre.  
Rose Alford Newport ’46
Tarrant on Nov. 6, 2011.  She was a
graduate of the BSC Conservatory
of Fine and Performing Arts. With
her sister, Newport traveled the
country, entertaining with the
USO stateside.  After World War
II, she continued playing the piano
with the Bill Nappi Orchestra and
other Birmingham mainstays as
well as teaching piano to three
Jeane ReynoldsWingfield Parks
of Winter Haven, Fla., on June
16, 2011.  
News of her death was
shared by her daughter, Katherine
Parks Fleming, who stated “My
mother talked with pride about
BSC and always let people know
she had graduated from there.”
Henry Scott Balch ’47
of Vestavia
Hills on Oct. 17, 2011.  Balch
entered the V-12 program of the
U.S. Navy in 1944 and served
in both Atlantic and Pacific
theatres.  He was discharged
in 1946. Balch retired in 1988
fromWVTM television as the
vice president and treasurer after
years of service.  He was a
member of Vestavia Hills United
Methodist Church.
Mary Elisabeth Kirk ’47
Birmingham on June, 22, 2011.
Kirk graduated from the UAB
School of Dentistry and practiced
at first with her father, Dr. Jesse
Kirk. Later, she established
her own dental practice at the
professional offices of Baptist
Montclair Medical Center. Kirk
was a lover of animals. She was
a member of Our Lady of Sorrows
Catholic Church.
Edgar M. Elliott III ’50
Birmingham on Feb. 27, 2012. 
With a career spanning more
than 45 years, Elliott was a
skilled trial lawyer with the law
firm of Christian & Small, and
its predecessor firm, Rives &
Peterson.  He graduated from the
University of Alabama School of
Law.  He received many accolades
during his distinguished legal
career, including being a fellow of
the American Bar Foundation.  He
also served as president of the
Birmingham Bar Association and
the Alabama Defense Lawyers
Association. He is survived by his
BettyWilliams Elliott ’60
Dr. John Paul Pool ’50
Calera on March 19, 2012.  Pool
received a scholarship to Harvard
University, where he received his
master’s degree.  He received his
doctorate from the University of
Alabama.  Pool served in the U.S.
Navy during World War II on the
U.S.S. Avery Island and U.S.S.
Baham.  He was preceded in death
by his wife,
Ernestine Bowen
Pool ’67
Survivors include a
Margaret A. Pool ’72
Albuquerque, N.M.
Harold RalphWalker ’50
Shelby, formerly of Cullman,
Rev. Dr.William
Bill” Crawford Davis
of Talladega passed away
on July 7, 2011.
Davis received his
master of divinity from
Vanderbilt University.
He served numerous
churches throughout
North Alabama,
including in Talladega.
Over nearly 44 years in
the United Methodist
ministry, he also served
as the Conference Council on Ministries director and held two stints as district
Davis retired in 1992 from the First United Methodist Church of Florence. In
retirement, he remained active as a supply preacher and teacher of DISCIPLE and
Christian Believer study groups. He also loved history and was involved with the
United Methodist Historical Society.
In 1982, Davis was awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham-Southern.
He was instrumental in establishing the Hiram Glass Davis Scholarship for
ministerial students at BSC. His late wife was
Vivian Stubbs Davis ’48
three of his four sons graduated from BSC: the late
Dr. John Benton Davis ’74
Theodore Stubbs Davis ’85
of Linthicum Heights, Md., and
Rev.William Gerald
Davis ’78
of Asheville, N.C. Two of his eight grandchildren attended BSC as well.
Both he and mom had a great love for BSC,” Rev. Davis noted.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions can be made to the Dr. John
Benton Davis Scholarship at Birmingham-Southern through the
Office of Institutional
Advancement, 900 Arkadelphia Road, Box 549003, Birmingham, AL 35254