Hugh Agricola

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Hugh Wilmer Agricola Jr (born March 25, 1920; died September 6, 2004) was an attorney and Episcopal priest. He served as curate and rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advent from 1965 until his retirement in 1974.

Agricola attended the private Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and enrolled at Princeton University as part of the undergraduate class of 1941. After three years he transferred to the University of Alabama where he completed his undergraduate degree.

Agricola served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served for more than two years with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific theater. He was awarded a Bronze Star and attained the rank of Captain before his discharge in 1945. He went on to complete law school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and at the University of Alabama School of Law, after which he was admitted to the Alabama State Bar.

Agricola practiced law until 1961, when he enrolled in divinity school at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was ordained in 1965 and served as both curate and rector in Birmingham until 1974. In retirement, Agricola continued to serve the Diocese of Alabama and the Gulf Coast in a number of short-term roles. He also served on the boards of Cooper Green Hospital and the Hillcrest Foundation, and as a member of the Jefferson County Parole Board.

Agricola and his wife, the former Elsie Nelms, had four children, Hugh III, Claire, Camille, and Jack. Agricola died in 2004 from the effects of a stroke. He is interred at Gadsden's Forrest Cemetery.


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