Alabama Academy of Honor

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The Alabama Academy of Honor is a statewide honorary society made up of 100 living members, all citizens of Alabama, chosen to recognize their "accomplishment or service greatly benefitting or reflecting great credit on the State"[sic].

The idea of creating an honor for living Alabamians was suggested by UAB biochemistry professor Emmett Carmichael in 1965. He was inspired by the example of the Missouri Academy of Squires. He communicated with Governor George Wallace and succeeded in having an enabling bill passed under the sponsorship of Malcolm Bethea during that legislative session. The law authorized the Governor to appoint a nominating committee and established an annual appropriation of $2,000 to the Academy to provide for stationery, pins, plaques, and an annual banquet.

Though Wallace signed the bill on October 29, 1965, the demands of his office and presidential campaigns left the organization of the Academy unfulfilled. No progress was made during the shortened term of his wife and successor Lurleen Wallace, but after Albert Brewer succeeded her in 1968 he agreed to appoint a nominating committee.

Brewer appointed Henry Aldridge, Bill Hearn, Bob Inman, Jake Merrill, Harry Philpott, C. J. Coley, Walter Graham, Carl C. Morgan, Herbert Goldstein, Paul Robinson, Emmett Carmichael, Duard LeGrand, A. P. Reich, Mrs James Britain, Mrs Houston Glover, and Howell Heflin to the nominating committee. Carmichael was elected to chair the committee, which announced the members of its first class on October 25, 1968.

The first class, inducted on August 25, 1969, was made up of fourteen members. In subsequent years the committee could select as many as ten new members, up to the stipulated total enrollment of 100 members. The organizing committee elected to put the choice of future nominees to a vote of the members. Since all living governors are granted automatic membership, the total size of the Academy can exceed 100 temporarily.

Due to various delays, the second class was not inducted until 1972. No class was inducted in 1992 or 1994.

Hugo Black is the only nominee who has declined to be inducted, citing a vow to avoid membership in such societies during his service on the Supreme Court. Mervyn Sterne was selected as an inductee, but died before the actual induction ceremony. When a member died, they technically drop off of the Academy's roll, but their biographies are preserved on the Academy's website as memorials.


Class of 1969

Winton Blount, Albert Brewer, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Jim Folsom Sr, A. G. Gaston, Lister Hill, Thomas Moorer, John Patterson, Frank Rose, Frank Samford Sr, Bertha Smolian, John Sparkman, Werner von Braun and George Wallace

Patterson was elected chair of the Academy, with Milo Howard Jr, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, serving as secretary.

Class of 1972

Tinsley Harrison, Ralph "Shug" Jordan, John Persons, Harry Philpott and Albert Rains

Class of 1973

Emmett Carmichael, Paul Grist, Forest Mathews, Thomas Russell, Frank Spain, Mervyn Sterne, Ernest Stone, Joseph Volker, and Leslie Wright

Class of 1974

Clinton Coley, Donald Comer Jr, Luther Foster, Howell Heflin, S. Richardson Hill, John Kirklin, Thomas Lawson, J. Craig Smith, Hudson Strode and Luther Leonidas Terry

Class of 1975

Rucker Agee, J. B. Allen, Joseph Bedsole, Ben Gilmer, Milo Howard Jr, Charles McCallum, Earl McGowin, Julia Russell, and William Rushton Jr

Class of 1976

Ehney Camp Jr, R. Hugh Daniel, John A. Hand, Ruth Hanson, George Mattison Jr, Robert Parker, Nell Rankin, Barrett Shelton, William Spencer III, and Jack Warner

Class of 1977

Ralph Adams, John Bloomer, John Caddell, Emory Cunningham, Carl Elliot, Walter Frommeyer, James Galbraith, Thomas Hill, Robert E. Jones, Walter Kennedy

Class of 1978

Douglas Arant, Glen Brock, Alfred Delchamps, George LeMaistre, Seybourn Lynne, John McRae, Pelham Merrill, Bernard Monaghan, Armistead Seldon Jr, and Fred Sington

Class of 1979

Robert Bamberg Jr, Neal Berte, Walter Gewin, James Hardin, Fob James, Frank Johnson Jr, Joseph McCorquodale, Fran McKee, Charles Rather, William Rushton III

Class of 1980

John Chenault, John Harbert III, William Hulsey, Thomas James, Kench Lott Jr, James E. Mills, Frank Samford Jr, Arthur Shores

Class of 1981

Travis Bedsole, William Blount, Charles Clayton, Conrad Fowler

Class of 1982

Young Boozer, Buris Boshell, Kenneth Daniel, Jeremiah Denton, Glenn Ireland II, Kirkman O'Neal, Prime Francis Osborn III, James Pittman, Howard Skipper, Mary Waite

Class of 1983

Charlie Boswell, Thomas Bradford, Harry Brock Jr, Joseph Lanier, John McKinley, William Nichols, Frank Plummer, Joab Thomas, Frank Yielding Jr

Class of 1984

Wallace Bunn, Oliver Delchamps Jr, Joseph Farley, Henry Goodrich, John Woods

Class of 1985

Joseph Brunp, William Edwards III, Emil Hess, William Sellers

Class of 1986

Tom Bevill, Wallace Malone, Ira Myers, Thomas Rast, Louis Willie Jr

Class of 1987

Thomas Bartlett, Claude Bennett, Edward Friend Jr, Guy Hunt, Joseph Lanier Jr, James Lee Jr, Ernest Williams

Class of 1988

Aaron Aronov, Carl Bailey, Eugene Gwaltney, Olin King, Yetta Samford Jr, James Wilson Jr

Class of 1989

Houston Brice Jr, Garry Drummond, Daniel McCall Jr, Holt Rast

Class of 1990

Max D. Cooper, Willard Hurley, Crawford Johnson III, James E. Martin, Joseph Moquin

Class of 1991

Harry Ayers, Basil Hirschowitz, Barrett Shelton Jr, Bill Edmonds, Frank Moody, Margaret Tutwiler

Class of 1993

David Bronner, Tom Carruthers, Jim Folsom Jr, Elmer Harris, Earl Sayers

Class of 1995

Philip Austin, Elton B. Stephens, E. O. Wilson

Class of 1996

Ann Bedsole, Thomas Bradford Jr, Frank Bromberg Jr, Alston Callahan, Thomas Corts, Edward Friend III, William Spencer III

Class of 1997

James Clark, Emory Folmar, Robert Luckie Jr, Benjamin Russell, Herb Sklenar, Larry Striplin

Class of 1998

Charles LeMaistre, Stanley Mackin, Lee Styslinger Jr, Robert Weil

Class of 1999

J. Mason Davis Jr, Drayton Nabers Jr, Sabert Oglesby Jr, Don Siegelman

Class of 2000

John McMahon Jr, William Muse, Sandral Hullett, Rosa Parks

Class of 2001

Ann Reynolds, Harper Lee, Sidney McDonald, Marvin Engel, Thomas Meredith

Class of 2002

James Head, John Godbold, George Murray, Condoleezza Rice, Cordell Wynn

Class of 2003

Bob Riley, Don Logan, Malcolm Portera, Van Richey, Kathryn Tucker Windham

Class of 2004

Bill Cabaniss, Catherine Randall, Hall Thompson, Cameron Vowell, William Warren Jr

Class of 2005

Fred Gray, Ted C. Kennedy, Richard Shelby, Gail Trechsel

Class of 2006

Regina Benjamin, Miller Gorrie, Bill Ireland, Edwin Bridges, Wayne Flynt

Class of 2007

Hank Aaron, Leah Rawls Atkins, Mike Goodrich, James Harrison Jr

Class of 2008

Vaughan Morrissette, William E. Smith Jr, Odessa Woolfolk

Class of 2009

Angus Cooper II, Donald James, James Dean Martin, Charles McCrary, Frank Stitt

Class of 2010

John Buchanan, Elbert Drummond, Carol Garrison

Class of 2011

Robert Bentley, Charles Anderson, David Cooper, John Denson II, J. M. Jenkins IV, Barbara Larson, John Lewis, Robert Witt

Class of 2012

Ralph Cook, Jay Gogue, Alice Lee, Tommy Lowder, Beverly Phifer, James Stephens

Class of 2013

Johnny Johns, Boots Gale, Seth Hammett

Class of 2014

Judy Bonner, Tim Cook, John Croyle, Jim Hudson Jr, Margaret Porter, Nick Saban, Jeff Sessions, Edgar Weldon

Class of 2015

Richard Arrington, Raymond Harbert, Bo Jackson, Charles Krulak, Caroline Novak, Randy Owen

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