D. Riley Stuart
Stuart was the son of L. & N. Railroad wreck engineer Carl Stuart and his wife, the former Helena James Riley, who worked as a teacher and later as a statistician. He grew up in Mobile and graduated from Murphy High School in 1945. Afterward he served in the U.S. Navy as a coxswain on patrol boats in the Pacific northwest and Alaska. He returned to Alabama to study building science under the G.I. Bill at Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn and completed his bachelor's degree in 1952. While there he met Dorothy Elizabeth Pederson, who became his wife.
The Stuarts moved to Fort Walton, Florida where he worked as an estimator for a small construction firm. When it went bankrupt in 1954 they moved to Birmingham and joined Brice as an estimator and job coordinator. He remained with Brice, rising to the position of chairman and CEO until his retirement in 1995, then returned as head of corporate safety and director of field operations in 2002, retiring again in 2008.
Stuart also served as president of the Associated General Contractors of Alabama, chair of the Construction Advancement Program of Alabama, and co-chair of the American Institute of Constructors' Constructor Certification Commission. He led efforts to create an Alabama Construction Industry Fund to promote construction and engineering education, and also served on the industry advisory committee and executive committee for Auburn's Department of Building Science and College of Architecture, Design and Construction, respectively. Stuart was a founding member and director of the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority, and also served on the Metropolitan Development Board, the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Alabama. He was inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame in 2009.
Stuart served as senior warden of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. He and his wife had two children, Anne and Duncan.