Educational administrator; University professor. Born– September 18, 1942, Birmingham. Married–Hollinger F. Barnard, 1964. Children– Three. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1964; University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1971. Taught at the University of South Alabama, 1968-1972; employed by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education as research associate, 1972-1973, associate director of academic affairs, 1973-1977; assistant to the chancellor of the University of Alabama System after 1977.


Directory of American Scholars, History 7th ed., 1978.


Dixicrats and Democrats; Alabama Politics. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1974.

BARNES, JOE, 1920-1993


Teacher, author,  museum curator. Born– April 17, 1920, Gadsden. Parents– Louis J. and Myrtle (Woodson) Barnes. Married– Mabel Thornton, July 20, 1947. Children– Two. Education– Attended Auburn University, 1946; Jacksonville State Teachers College, B.S., 1949; University of Alabama, master’s degree, 1977.  Served in the U.S.Army Air Corps, WWII; served in the U.S. Army Reserve, 1956-1980; named Soldier of the Year in the State of Alabama, 1974. High school coach, 1949-1952; chief of a review and analysis group at Redstone Arsenal, 1952-1973; curator of museums at Noccalula Falls in Gadsden after 1973. Member of the Alabama High School Football Officials Association, the American Legion, Etowah Historical Society, and Ta-Co-Bet Historical Association. Died February 9, 1993.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History; Man on a Mountain; and Joe Barnes, Gadsden, Ala.


History of Hokes Bluff and Eastern Etowah County, Alabama. Hokes Bluff, Ala.; Eagle Printing and Key Shop, 1966.

Man on a Mountain. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1969.

John Wisdom Citizen-Soldier. Gadsden, Ala.; Birch Anderson, 1979.


A History of Etowah County. Birmingham, Ala.; Roberts and Sons, 1969.



Methodist clergyman; teacher; college professor. Born– August 29, 1895, Opelika. Parents– Albert Edward and Mary Hannah (Banks) Barnett. Married– Lucie Rebecca Browder, December 29, 1929. Education– Southern University in Greensboro, Ala., 1916; Emory University, Candler School of Theology, B.D., 1921; University of Chicago, M.A., 1928, Ph.D., 19??. Licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1917; taught for one year at the State Normal School at Moundville, Ala.; Technological High School at Atlanta. During World War I served as Y.M.C.A. director. Served as pastor in the Norcross Circuit, Ga., 1922-1923; pastor at Mobile; student pastor at Auburn, 1924; taught at Scarritt College, 1924-1943; University of Chicago, 1944; Garrett Biblical Institute in Evansville, Ind., 1944-1950; Emory University, Candler school of Theology, 1950-1961. Died December 13, 1961.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History; Files at Pitts Theological Library, Emory University.


Andrew Sledd – His Life and Work. Atlanta; Emory University, Candler School of Theology, 1956.

The Church; Its Origin and Task; a Study of Biblical Sources. Nashville; National Methodist Student Movement, 1960.

Disciples to Such a Lord; the Gospel According to St. Mark. New York; Woman’s Division of Christian Service, Board of Missions, The Methodist Church, 1957.

Letters of Paul. Nashville; Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1947.

The Modern Reader’s Guide to Acts. New York; Association Press, 1962.

The New Testament, its Making and Meaning. Nashville; Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1946.

Paul Becomes a Literary Influence. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1941.

Understanding the Parables of Our Lord. Nashville; Cokesbury Press, 1940.



Clerical worker;  businesswoman.  Born– September 27, 1896, Citronelle. Parents– Cyrus and Emma Estella (Hester) Chastang. Married– Stewart R. Barnett, August 31, 1924. Children– Three. Education– public schools of Citronelle; Huffstetler Business College. Secretary for Mobile Tractor Company; clerk for Southern Pacific Railroad in New Orleans; chief clerk for Central of Georgia Railroad in New Orleans; owned an antique and novelty shop in New Orleans, 1950-1966.  Served two years as president of Citronelle Woman’s Club; helped re-establish the Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Pushmataha in Citronelle.  Nominated Woman of the Year in Citronelle, 1982. Died June 12, 1992.


Cora Chastang Barnett, Citronelle, Ala.


Citronelle, “Now and Then”, 1811-1971. Citronelle, Ala.; Author, 1971.

“Creole Cookin” Cookbooks. New Orleans, La.; Author, 1948.

New Orleans’ Fabulous Iron Laceworks. New Orleans, La.; Author, 1950.

BARNEY, HOWARD, 1912-2003


Journalist, public relations executive. Born– September 14, 1912, Mobile. Parents– Oscar N. and Marian (Hunter) Barney. Married– Mary Bacon, October 31, 1936. Children– Four. Education– University of Missouri, Bachelor of Journalism, 1934. Served in the U.S. Navy, WWII. Worked for the Kansas City Journal Post, 1934-1935; Mobile Press Register, 1935-1943; Merchants National Bank of Mobile, 1943-1947. Founded Barney and Patrick Advertising Agency in 1947 and worked there until 1972. Served as chairman of the Mobile Library Board, Mobile Infirmary Board, and Gulf Health Foundation. Awarded the Silver Medal of the Advertising Federation, 1956.  Died October 23, 2003.


Howard Barney, Mobile, Ala.; Obituary, Mobile Press-Register, October 25, 2003.


Mister Bell. Mobile, Ala.; The Bellingrath-Morse Foundation, 1979.


Mobile; the Life and Times of a Great Southern City. S.l.; Windsor Publications, 1981.



Writer; University professor. Born– February 11, 1943, Macon, Ga. Parents– Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Barnwell. Married– Jo Ann Weeks.  Children–two. Education– Coffee High School in Florence; Florence State College  (now University of North Alabama), bachelor’s degree; University of Florida, Ph.D., 1972. Taught at the University of South Carolina, 1971-1977; Columbia College, writer-in-residence after 1977. Member of the Modern Language Association, Authors Guild, American Committee for Irish Studies, International Thriller Writers,  and South Atlantic Modern Language Association.


Files at Birmingham Public Library and at Alabama Public Library Service; Contemporary Authors online.


The Blessing Papers. London; Colin Smythe, 1981.

The Book of the Romes.  iUniverse, 2001.

Death of the Camel’s Child. Monje Press, 2011.

The Dungeon below Bling-bling High.  Simon and Schuster, 2011.

I, Lord Several. Monje Press, 2012.

Imram.  New York: Pocket Books, 1981.

The Scheme-of-the-Month Club. Simon and Schuster, 2001.

The Sigma Curve.  New York: Pocket Books, 1981.

BARR, JOHN GORMAN, 1823-1858.


Lawyer; author.  Born– November 22, 1823, Milton (Caswell County), North Carolina (moved to Alabama in 1835).  Parents– Thomas and Mary Jane Gorman Barr. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1841, M.A., 1842. Read law with Attorney Harvey Ellis in Tuscaloosa; admitted to the bar in 1843. Served in the Mexican War; rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.  Practiced law in Tuscaloosa; managing editor of the Tuscaloosa Observer. Published humorous stories based on daily life in Alabama in the New York weekly newspaper Spirit of the Times.  Campaigned for a Congressional seat in 1857-58, but withdrew from the race to prevent a party split.  Appointed consul to Australia by President James Buchanan, but died on the voyage, May 18, 1858.


Beidler, Philip D.  The Art of Fiction in the Heart of Dixie:  An Anthology of Alabama Writers.  University of Alabama Press, 1980.

Hubbs, G. Ward, “Introduction,” to  Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr. University of Alabama Press, 1981.


Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr. University of Alabama Press, 1981.


A collection of the papers of John Gorman Barr is held by the W.S.Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.



Sportswriter.  Born;  Birmingham.  Married– Jonelle.  Children–one.  Education– attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  A contributing editor of American Heritage magazine; writes frequently for the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.


Contemporary Authors online


Big Play:  Barra on Football.  Washington: Brassey’s, 2005.

Brushbacks and Knockdowns:  The Greatest Football Debates of Two Centuries.  New York:  T. Dunne Books, 2009.

Clearing the Bases:  The Greatest Baseball Debates of the Last Century.  New York:  T. Dunne Books, 2002.

Inventing Wyatt Earp:  His Life and Many Legends. Bison Books, 2009.

The Last Coach: A Life of Paul “Bear” Bryant.  New York:  W.W.Norton, 2005.

Mick and Willie:  Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age.  New York:  Crown Archetype, 2013.

Rickwood Field:  A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark.  New York: W.W.Norton, 2010.

Yogi Berra:  Eternal Yankee.  New York:  W.W.Norton, 2009.


That’s Not the Way It Was:  (Almost) Everything They’ve Told You about Sports Is Wrong.  Hyperion, 1995.



Poet; teacher of creative writing. Born– June 21, 1933, Attalla; moved to Pittsburgh,Pa as a child.  Parents–Aaron and Dorthera (Hedrick) Barrax. Married–Geneva Catherine Lucy, 1954.  Children–three.  Married Joan Dellimore. Children–two.  Education– Duquesne University, B.A., 1963; University of Pittsburgh, M.A., 1969; attended the University of North Carolina. U.S. Air Force, 1953-57.  U.S. Post Office, Pittsburgh, Pa., clerk and carrier, 1958-68; North Carolina Central University, instructor, 1969-70;  North Carolina State University, teacher of creative writing, Department of English, 1970-1997. Editor of Obsidian, a journal of African-American poetry and criticism, 1985-1996.  Published in many journals and anthologies.  Awarded the Gold Medal Award, Catholic Poetry Society; Broadside Press Award for Poetry, 1973; Callaloo Creative Writing Award for Nonfiction Prose, 1983; the Sam Regan Award for the Contributions to the Fine Arts in North Carolina, 1991; Raleigh Medal for Extraordinary Achievement in the Arts, 1993; nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Elected to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, 2006.  Awarded status of professor emeritus on his retirement at NC State, 1997.


Black American Writers Past and Present; Contemporary Authors online;


Another Kind of Rain. Pittsburgh; University of Pittsburgh Press, 1970.

An Audience of One. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1980.

Death of Animals and Lesser Gods.  University of Kentucky Press, 1984.

From a Person Sitting in Darkness:  New and Selected Poems.  Louisiana State University Press, 1998.

Leaning on the Sun; Poems. Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Arkansas Press, 1992.



Reporter, correspondent; journalism educator. Born– July 3, 1910, Birmingham. Parents– Edward Ware and Lewis Robertson (Butt) Barrett. Married– Mason Daniel, November 25, 1939. Children– Two. Education– Princeton University, A.B., 1932; attended University of Dijon in France; Bard College, LL.D., 1950. Began his career in 1933 as a reporter for the Birmingham Age-Herald, which his father had owned. Went to work for Newsweek in 1933, its first year of publication; worked for the magazine a total of seventeen years. Helped set up the overseas division of the U.S. Office of War Information; directed propaganda broadcasts to Europe, 1942-1946; editorial director for Newsweek, 1946-1950; Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, 1950-1952; executive vice-president of Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm, 1953-1956; dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, 1956-1968; director of the Communications Institute of the Academy for Educational Development, 1969-1977; founder and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review, beginning in 1975. Member of the Foreign Policy Asociation and the Council on Foreign Relations. LL. D.,  Bard College, 1950. Died October 23, 1989.


Who’s Who in America, 1978-1979.


Truth is Our Weapon. New York; Funk & Wagnall, 1953.


Educational TV; Who Should Pay? Washington, D.C.; American Institute for Public Policy Research, 1968.


Journalists in Action. Manhasset, N.Y.; Channel Press, 1963.



Musician; music teacher. Born– March 2, 1923, Birmingham. Parents– Henry Clifford and Marcia Powers (White) Barrett. Married– Betsy Joan Mason, July 23, 1955. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1948, M.A. 1949; studied at Juillard School of Music; Columbia University.  U.S. Navy, WWII.  Taught at the University of Alabama; played in several symphony orchestras; principal violinist for the Birmingham Symphony, 1950-1960; lecturer and performer at several meetings of the National Convention of Music Teachers. Member of the Alabama Music Teachers Association, American String Teachers Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Music Teachers National Association. Died November 15, 1978.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1978.


The Viola; Complete Guide for Teachers and Students. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1972.



Linguist and literary scholar; University professor of Romance languages; diplomat. Born– September 1, 1904, Lanett. Parents– Linton Stephens and Carrie Elizabeth (Lomas) Barrett. Married– Elizabeth Elliott, June, 1928 (died 1932). Children– One. Married– Marie Hamilton McDavid, May 26, 1937. Children– One. Education– Mercer University, B.A., 1928; University of Virginia, DuPont fellow, 1930-1931; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1938. Taught at Mercer University, University of Alabama, Furman University, University of North Carolina, Princeton University, University of Kansas, Washington and Lee University, 1948-72;, and Duke University; served as Public Affairs Officer at the American embassies in Bogota, Columbia and Quito, Ecuador; editor of Hispania, 1950-1964. Died March 8, 1972.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5; obituary.


Barron’s Simplified Approach to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Woodbury, N.Y.; Barron, 1971.

A Comparative Study of Six Manuscripts of Juan Perez de Montalban’s Como Padre y Como Rey. Chapel Hill, N.C.; Estudios de Hispan¢fila, 1976.

Five Centuries of Spanish Literature, from the Cid Through the Golden Age. New York; Dodd, 1962.

The Supernatural in Spanish Non-Religious Comedia of the Golden Age. Lexington, Ky.; University of Kentucky, 1957.


A Mediaeval Italian Anthology. Chapel Hill, N.C.; s.n., 1950.



Attorney, educator; college president. Born– April 17, 1941, Langdale. Parents– James Joel and Estelle (Frazier) Bartlett. Married– Gisela Beyer, September 27, 1963. Children– One. Education– Florence State University, B.S, 1963; Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D, 1967. Employed as an insurance investigator in Charleston, S.C., 1964-1965; admitted to the Alabama Bar; taught business administration at Athens State College beginning in 1967; 35th president of Athens State, 1992-2008. Member of Delta Mu Delta, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Limestone County and Alabama Bar Associations. Awarded the status of president emeritus upon his retirement in 2008.  The Jerry and Jill Bartlett Scholarship at Athens State is named in honor of President and Mrs. Bartlett.


Jerry F. Bartlett.


Getting Started in Alabama Real Estate. Dubuque, Iowa; Kendall/Hunt, 1978.



Baptist minister; Born– April 25, 1870, near Jonesboro, Ark. Parents– William Henderson and Eliza Martha (Mortan) Barton. Married– Rosa Belle Hurt, 1899. Children– Four. Education– Union University in Jackson, Tenn., A.M., 1898; D.D., 1911; attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1898-1899. Ordained to the ministry in the Baptist Church, 1896; served churches in Hope and Fayette, Ark.; Suffolk and Norfolk, Va.; Quitman and Atlanta, Ga.; West Point, Miss.; and Andalusia and Jasper, Ala. Served as general secretary to the executive board of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, first vice-president of the Alabama Baptist Convention and in many other positions in the Baptist Church in Alabama. Editor of the Walker County Tribune, 1937; presidential elector for the Prohibition Party, 1940; nominated for vice-president of the United States by the Prohibition Party in 1944 but declined the nomination.  Died May 3, 1965.


Marquis Who’s Who online.


Amazing Grace. Boston; Christopher Pub. House, 1954.

Help for Soul Winners. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1945.

Take Heed. Nashville; Broadman, 1942.

Three Dimensions of Love and Other Sermons. Boston; R. G. Badger, 1929.

(Pamphlet) Four Pillars of the Baptist Temple.



Writer; teacher of writing. Born October 25,  1961, Montgomery.  Education; University of Alabama, B.S., 1985; Wichita State University, Kansas, M.F.A., 1990.  Taught writing at Auburn, Huntingdon College, Clemson University, Converse College.  Assistant director of the Writing Our Stories Project of the Alabama Writers Forum, 1997–.  Publishes short stories in journals and anthologies. Received the O.Henry Award. 1994; Andrew Lytle Prize, 1995; the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award in 2000;;  and the Truman Capote Prize for Fiction, 2016.


“Biographical Notes,” Climbing Mount Cheaha:  Emerging Alabama Writers.  Ed. Don Noble.  Livingston Press, 2004.

Contemporary authors online


A Broken Thing.  Savannah; Frederic C. Beil, 2003.

The Cross Garden.  Savannah:  Frederic C. Beil, 2011.

Dancing by the River.  Savannah; Frederic C. Beil, 2005.

Dry Well: Stories.  Savannah; Frederic C. Beil, 2001.

Pasture Art: Stories.  Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press, 2015.

Joint_ editor;

Open the Door; An anthology of poems and stories from the ‘Writing our Stories’ Project.  Montgomery; Alabama Writers Forum, 1998.



Music teacher. Born– November 7, 1902, Guntersville. Parents– Alexander and Lucinda Winston Hooper. Married– Dr. Bruce Barton. Children– Two. Education– attended University of Idaho. Employed with the Alabama Health Department for twenty-seven years; taught private lessons in piano for fifty years; organist at the First Methodist Church in Guntersville. State officer in the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs. Honors; Woman of the Year, Guntersville, 1930. Died August 4, 1994.


Files at Birmingham Public Library.


AFWC Creative Writings 1971 and 1972. Albertville, Ala.; Thompson Printing Co.

Consider My Meditation. Guntersville, Ala.; V. H. Barton, 1965.

Scripsit. Albertville, Ala.; Thompson Printing Co., 1979.



Civic leader; advocate for education; teacher. Born–August 22,  1867, Dixon’s Spring, Tenn. Parents– Robert Allen and Mary Elizabeth (Lowe) Burford. Married– Leopold Max Bashinsky, June 17, 1891. Children– Three. Education– Columbia Institute at Columbia, Tenn. Taught at Troy State Normal School elementary school, 1888-1890. Member of the board of trustees of Judson College; member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (Local president; state Division President, national President General), Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of 1812. Red Cross Flood Relief Chairman for Alabama. Member National Advisory Committee on Illiteracy. Received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for service at both Judson College and the University of Alabama. Elected to Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1995-96. Died January 21, 1968.


Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame website; Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. IV.


Tried and True Recipes. Troy, Ala.; s.n., 1922.



Attorney. Born– October 7, 1942, Birmingham. Parents– Sloan Young and Nelle Francis (Major) Bashinsky. Married– Jane Shea, June 14, 1975. Children– Two. Education– Vanderbilt University, B.A.; University of Alabama, J.D. Practiced law in Birmingham 1968-2000.  Moved to Key West, Florida; ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Key West in 2007 and 2009.


Sloan Bashinsky, II, Birmingham; bhamwiki.


The High Legal Road:  A New Approach to Legal Problems.  Essential Books, 1990.

Home Buyers; Lambs to the Slaughter? Hillsboro, N.C.; Menasha Ridge Press, 1984.

Kill All the Lawyers? New York; Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Selling Your Home Sweet Home. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1985.



Historian, college professor, librarian. Born– November 19, 1906, St. Louis, Mo. Parents– Roy Prentice and Mary (Olsen) Basler. Married– Virginia Pearl Anderson, August 31, 1929. Children– Five. Education– Central College in Fayette, Missouri, A.B., 1927; Duke University, A.M., 1930, Ph.D., 1931.  High school teacher, Caruthersville, Mo., 1926-28; professor of English at Ringling College, 1931-34; Florence State Teachers College, 1934-43;  University of Arkansas, 1943-46;  and George Peabody College, Nashville, 1946-50. Executive secretary and editor-in-chief for the Abraham Lincoln Association, 1947-52. Chief of General Reference and Bibliography Division, Library of Congress, 1952-54; Associate Director of Reference Department, 1954-58; Director, 1958-68; Chief of Manuscript Division, 1968-75. Member Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, American Library Association, Society of American Historians, Phi Beta Kappa.  Awarded the Diploma of Honor, Lincoln Memorial University, 1939; Distinguished Alumni Award, Central College, 1949; honorary D. Litt., Blackburn University, 1952. Died October 25, 1989.


American Authors and Books 1640 to the Present Day. 3rd rev. ed.; Who’s Who in America, 1978-1979; and Contemporary Authors online.


“Abraham Lincoln, Artist.” Congressional Record, May 24, 1938. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office.

Abraham Lincoln’s Democracy; an Address Delivered at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the “Gettysburg Address.” Harrogate, Tenn.; Lincoln Memorial University, 1938.

All the Difference; a Talk on the Occasion of the Dedication of the Robert Frost Room in the Jones Library, Amherst, October 21, 1959. S.l.; s.n., 1959.

As One Southerner to Another; Concerning Lincoln and the Declaration of Independence. Chicago; Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, 1943.

Fenwick Island Poems. S.l.; Bayside Press, 1975.

Lincoln. New York; Grove Press, 1962.

The Lincoln Legend; a Study in Changing Conceptions. Boston; Houghton, 1935.

The Muse and the Librarian. Westport, Conn.; Greenwood Press, 1974.

President Lincoln Helps His Old Friends. Springfield, Ill.; Abraham Lincoln Association, 1977.

Sex, Symbolism and Psychology in Literature. New Brunswick; Rutgers University Press, 1948.

A Short History of the American Civil War. New York; Basic Books, 1948.

Touchstone for Greatness; Essays Addresses, and Occasional Pieces About Abraham Lincoln. Westport, Conn.; Greenwood Press, 1973.


Abraham Lincoln; Collected Works. New Brunswick, N.J.; Rutgers University Press, 1953.

Abraham Lincoln; Collected Works, Supplement. Westport, Conn.; Greenwood Press, 1974.

The Enduring Lincoln; Lincoln Sesquicentennial Lectures at the University of Illinois. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois Press, 1959.

Abraham Lincoln, His Speeches and Writings. Cleveland; World, 1946.

A Guide to the Study of the United States of America; Representative Books Reflecting the Development of American Life and Thought. Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress, 1960.

Walt Whitman’s Memoranda During the War & Death of Abraham Lincoln. Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University Press, 1962.


Abraham Lincoln, A New Portrait.  Putnam, 1959.

Lincoln for the Ages.  Doubleday, 1960l

Twentieth-Century English: A Symposium.  Philosophical Library, 1949.

Walt Whitman in Our Times; Four Essays. Detroit; Wayne State University Press, 1970.


Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Translation. Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress, 1972.


The Library of Congress holds a collection of the papers of Roy Prenctice Basler.



Historian; University professor. Born– May 6, 1919, Birmingham. Parents–Howard Edward and Mattie Gammel Bates.  Married– Dorothy Pettit, 1942; children–two. Education– Wake Forest, B.A., 1941; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1946, Ph.D., 1952. Military service–U.S.Navy, WWII. Taught history at the University of North Carolina, 1946-1947;, University of Maryland, 1947-1954; University of Illinois 1954-1984. Visiting professor at Arizona State and University of Leningrad.  Member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Southern Historical Association. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at the University of Illinois, 1984.  Died October 17, 1998.


Directory of American Scholars, 1974;


Fulfilling American Democracy:  The Conservation Movement, 1907-1921.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1957.

Origins of Teapot Dome. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois Press, 1963.

Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana:  Law and Public Affairs from TR to FDR.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, 1999.

The United States, 1898-1928; Progressivism and a Society in Transition. New York; McGraw, 1976.


Tom Walsh in Dakota Territory: Personal Correspondence of Senator Thomas J. Walsh. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois, 1966.


The papers of James Leonard Bates are held by the University of Illinois Archives.



College professor; Administrator. Born– June 10, 1898, Alton, Kan. Parents– William Henry and Clara Amelia Smith Bathurst. Married–Ora Belle Bathurst, 1919. Children– Two. Education– McPherson College, A.B., 1922; Iowa State University, A.B., Ph.D., 1926. Postdoctoral fellowship and Rockefeller Foundation grant, 1938-1939. Served as president of Wessington Springs Junior College, 1923-1925; assistant director of the Bureau of Public Personnel Administration, Birmingham Southern College, 1927-1929; professor of psychology, Birmingham Southern College, 1929-1946; executive vice-president of the American Management Association, 1946-1954; Academic Dean, Athens College, 1959-1970. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological Association. Died April 14, 1978.


American Men and Women of Science, 12th. ed. and Social and Behavioral Sciences; obituary


And Now I Know. College Park, Ga.; s.n., 1957.



Chemist. Born– May 29, 1862, Chapel Hill, N.C. Parents– Kemp Plummer and Martha Ann (Battle) Battle. Married– Alice M. Wilson, November 25, 1885. Children– Two. Education– University of North Carolina, B.S., 1881, Ph.D., 1887. Professor of chemistry at Leonard Medical School, 1886-1897; assistant chemist at the North Carolina Agriculture Experiment Station; state chemist and director of the North Carolina Agriculture Experiment Station; president of Southern Chemical Company in Winston, N.C.; Southern Cotton Oil Company in Savannah, Ga., and Montgomery, Ala., 1902-1906; president of the Battle Laboratory Corporation, 1906-1929. Died July 3, 1929.


Who Was Who in America. Vol. 1. 56


The Battle Book; a Genealogy of the Battle Family in America. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1930.


Chemical Conversion Tables for Use in the Analysis of Commercial Fertilizers, Cotton Seed, Iron and Food Products, Etc. Baltimore; Williams and Wilkins, 1909.



Technical worker; Writer. Born– July 13, 1940, Prattville. Parents– Charles Ross and Thelma (Cooper) McCartney. Married– James Baughman, April 22, 1960. Children– Three. Education– Attended high school in Elmore County. Employed as telephone switchboard operator in Montgomery, 1959-61; cardiogram technician at Elmore County Hospital, 1968-73; and after 1973, free-lance writer. Published articles in various journals and magazines. Member of the Eclectic City Council, the Eclectic Community Council and the Creative Writers Club in Montgomery. Honors; Won prizes in the Alabama Pen Women and Press and Author Club contests before her first book was published.


Contemporary Authors online; Women in Public Office, 1978; and the jacket of Piney’s Summer.


Dorothy Baughman Collection.  CreateSpace, 2004.

Ghost of Aronov Point. New York; Avalon Books, 1980.

Icy Terror. New York; Avalon Books, 1984

Piney’s Summer. New York; Coward McCann, 1976.

Secret of Montoya Mission. New York; Avalon Books, 1981.

Secret of Stagecoach Inn.  Dynasty Group, 1984.

Secret Wishes, Secret Fears. New York; Avalon Books, 1986.



Business Executive. Born– May 6, 1918, Fort Payne. Parents– Stephen Elisha and Jessie (Duncan) Baxter. Married– Viola Nancy Ellis, March 11, 1947. Children– Two. Education– Public schools. US Navy, WWII. Employed as a clerk for the Southern Railway Company, 1936-1954; worked for Kingsberry Homes Corporation as traffic manager, 1954-1956, purchasing agent and traffic manager until 1964, vice president for purchasing and traffic, 1964. After 1967, director of purchasing and traffic for the Kingsberry Homes Division of the Boise Cascade Corporation. Member of the Fort Payne City Council, 1948-1952; member of the DeKalb County Democratic Executive Committee, 1950-1963. Died May 18, 2001.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1978.


Annals of Fort Payne Baptist Church. S.l.; s.n., 1964.

A History of the Baxter Family of DeKalb County, Alabama. S.l.; s.n., 1957.



Teacher, educational administrator. Born–May 18, 1982, Cumberland City, Stewart County,  Tennessee. Parents– Joseph and Sarah Arrevia Bedwell Bayer.  Married– Jeanie Huldah Gould, February 12, 1920.  Children–three. Education– University of Tennessee, B.A., 1916. Moved to Boligee, Greene County, Ala. in 1919. Farmed for two years; taught school at Boligee and at Eutaw. Served as county superintendent of education for Greene County, 1932-1957. Veteran of  U S Army,World War I.   Mason, and a Shriner. Candidate for Alabama State Senate.  Died January 1, 1985.


Birmingham News, February 3, 1980;  files at Alabama Department of Archives and History;


Moonlight Lake and Other Short Stories. New York; Vantage, 1976.

Old Mose Tells His Grandchildren About God and the Bible. New York; Vantage, 1978.



Cotton broker. Born– September 5, 1879, Pickens County. Parents– John Shep and Eloise Johnson Bealle. Moved to Tuscaloosa when he was a child. Married– Annie Vernon Pollard, December 30, 1914.  Children–two.  Volunteer, U.S.Army, Spanish-American War, 1898. Apprenticed to a printing office and remained in that trade until he was eighteen; later joined a cotton brokerage firm. First printed poem was published in the New Orleans Times Democrat, 1898. Died March 2, 1933.


Dictionary of Alabama Biography.


Poems. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; C. W. Weatherford, 19–.



Historian; University professor. Born– December 26, 1891, Heflin. Parents– Jesse Coleman and Louise (Moore) Bean. Married– Lucy B. Marstellar, May 27, 1927. Children– Two. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1913; Harvard University, M.A., 1914, Ph.D., 1922. Taught in Blount County, Ala., 1913-15; Harvard University teaching fellow, 1920-22; Washington and Lee University, 1922-retirement.  Appointed Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History at Washington and Lee. Taught summer sessions at Tulane University, University of Virginia, and University of Alabama. Appointed to the Virginia Civil War Centennial Commission. Member of the Southern Historical Association, Academy of Social Sciences of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, Democratic Party and Presbyterian Church. Died May 24, 1974.


Marquis Who’s Who online.


The Liberty Hall Volunteers; Stonewall’s College Boys. Charlotteville; University of Virginia Press, 1964.

The Rufner Pamphlet of 1847; an Antislavery Aspect of Virginia Sectionalism. Richmond, Va.?; s.n., 1953.

Stonewall’s Man; Sandie Pendleton. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1959.




School administrator. Born– April 25, 1927, Jefferson County. Parents– Elisha Roberson and Anna Louella Williams Bearden. Married. Children– Two. Education– Attended the University of Alabama; graduated from Howard College and George Peabody College. Worked as a carpenter’s helper, grocery clerk, milkman, bookkeeper, census-taker, floorwalker, postal clerk, park supervisor and public school principal. Served as a radio operator with the U.S. Navy during World War II; principal of Forest Hill School and Underwood School in Jefferson County; principal of Fairfield High School; administrative assistant superintendent of Fairfield city schools. Served as president of Fairfield Education Association. Died October 8, 1989.


Birmingham Public Library files;  Alabama School Journal, December 1967.


Jingle Bells, the Lighter Side of Christmas Verse. New York; Pageant Press, 1961.



Business executive. Born– May 28, 1881, Auburn. Parents– James G. Beasley, Sr. and Martha Goodwin Beasley. Married– Ethel Lou Teague, October 4, 1903  Children–six.  Education– Attended Auburn University. Resident of Montgomery and of Auburn for five years before his death. Employed with the United Fruit Company in Honduras in the 1920′s. Died September 24, 1971.


Files at the Alabama Public Library Service and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Songs of the Caribbee. Montgomery, Ala.; Privately printed for the author by Capital Press, 1969.



Literary scholar; university professor. Born– January 6, 1905, Shawnee, Okla. Parents– William Henry and Caroline (Barbour) Beatty. Married– Floy Ward, May 7, 1927. Education– Public schools of Birmingham; Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1926, M.A., 1928; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., 1930. Taught at Tennessee State Teachers College in Memphis; University of Alabama; Vanderbilt University, 1937-56; literary editor of the Nashville Tennessean, 1956-1961. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1940.  His colleagues at Vanderbilt published in his honor, Reality and Myth:  Essays in American Literature in Honor of Richmond Croom Beatty, 1964.  Died October 4, 1961.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 4 and Owen’s The Story of Alabama;bhamwiki.


Bayard Taylor; Laureate of the Gilded Age. Norman; University of Oklahoma Press, 1936.

James Russell Lowell. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1942.

Lord Macaulay, Victorian Liberal. Norman; University of Oklahoma Press, 1938.

William Byrd of Westover. Boston; Houghton, 1932.

William Byrd’s Natural History of Virginia; or, The Newly Discovered Eden. Richmond, Va.; s.n., 1940.


A Vanderbilt Miscellany, 1919-1944.  Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1944.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; an Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism. New York; Norton, 1977.

The American Tradition in Literature.  New York:  Norton, 1956.

Contemporary Southern Prose. Boston; D.C. Heath Co., 1940.

The English Drama,900-1642:  An Anthology.  New York:  Norton, 1935.

The Literature of the South.  Scott, Foresman, 1952.

Patterson, Giles J.  Journal of a Southern Student. Nashville:  Vanderbilt University Press, 1944.

The Red Badge of Courage; an Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism. New York; Norton, 1978.


Papers of Richard Croom Beatty are held by the Heard Library at Vanderbilt.



Druggist; businessman. Born– March 16, 1855, Eufaula. Parents– Andrew Hamil and Margaret Euphemia (Allan) Beauchamp. Married– Julia Fauntleroy Crowder, January 15, 1903. Children– Three. Education– City schools of Eufaula. Entered the drug business as a clerk in 1871; became a proprietor in 1889 but disposed of his interest in 1912; cashier of East Alabama National Bank in Eufaula; secretary and treasurer of the Eufaula Grocery Company. In 1901, became grand secretary of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Alabama. Died June 5, 1937.


Dictionary of Alabama Biography.


Chapter Manual, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Dispatch Printing Co., 1919.

Masonic Manual; Grand Lodge of Alabama, A. F. and A. M. Birmingham, Ala.; Press of Dispatch Printing Co., 1908.





Professor of education; pastor. Born–November 4, 1893. Parents–John Thomas and Mary J. Anderson Beck. Married–Eva Bergdoll.   Children–one.  Education– Southern Methodist University, B.A., B.D.; University of Chicago, M.A. Served as a pastor in Dallas, Texas.  Specialist in the teaching of social studies; demonstration teacher in the training school at Lee County High School; supervisor of practice teachers in the School of Education at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1928-1941.  Owner of Beck’s Nursery Turf Company.  Died October 1982.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History and Auburn University Libraries.


American Civilization. Auburn, Ala.; Prather Publishing Co., 1930.

American Life, Yesterday and Today. Auburn, Ala.; Prather Publishing Co., 1934.

Our American Heritage. Auburn, Ala.; Prather Publishing Co., 1941.

Our Life Together; Civics Guide. Auburn, Ala.; Prather Publishing Co., 1933.

Story of the Old World. Auburn, Ala.; Prather Publishing Co., 1941.



Homemaker; civic leader. Born June 7, 1874– Mobile. Parents– William Albert and Columbia Elizabeth (Monroe) Randlette. Married– Julius Edward Beck, April 15, 1902. Children– Two. Education– Attended Wynnton College at Columbus, Ga.; Elizabeth Whitfield Bellamy Finishing School for Young Ladies at Mobile; postgraduate course at Wilmington, N.C.; studied elocution under teachers from the Boston Conservatory of Art. Early life devoted to home interests; in 1935 aided in the organization of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society; served as president of that organization and helped make possible the establishment of the Mobile Historical Museum. Member of the Writers Conclave of Alabama and the editorial board of the State Historical Society. Died May 11, 1968.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. 4.


A Colonial Romance. Mobile, Ala.; Rapier House, 1950.

Ghosts of Old Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Haunted Bookshop, 1946.

Great Grandpa Billie, a Down Easter’s Adventures North and South from Square Rig to Steam. Mobile, Ala.; Rapier House, 1958.

Life’s Golden Glow. Mobile, Ala.; Jordan Printing Co., 1954.

Washington Square and Mobile; The Quaint Old Gulf City that Leads to the Open Sea, 1711-1961.  Mobile; Beck, 1961.



Episcopal priest. Born– June 3, 1851, Prince George County, Va. Parents– Thomas Stanley and Agnes (Ruffin) Beckwith. Married– Rainsford Fairbanks, 1884 (died 1885);  Lucy Cocke, 1888 (died 1892). Children– One. Married– Mary Belle Cameron, May 11, 1897. Education– University of Georgia, 1873. Berkeley Divinity School, Middleton, CT, graduated 1881. Master of the grammar schools of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., for six years.  Ordained priest in 1881; rector of churches in Atlanta, Houston, and Galveston; elected assistant bishop of Texas but declined the honor; elected the fourth Episcopal bishop of Alabama, 1902. Died April 18, 1928


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1 and National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 13.


The Church School in the Book of Common Prayer. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1928.

Rightly Instructed in God’s Holy Word. New York; T. Whittaker, 1905.

The Teacher’s Companion to the Trinity Course. New York; E. S. Gorham, 1902.

The Trinity Course of Church Instruction. New York; T. Whittaker, 1901.



Housewife. Born– February 17, 1865, Winchester, Tenn. Parents– Aaron and Mary (McDonald) Russell.  Married– Charles Peter Beddow, November 6, 1881. Children– Seven. Education–attended Professor van Buren’s School, Chattanooga.  Lived in Birmingham.  Died June 24, 1935.


Dictionary of Alabama Biography;


Oracle of Moccasin Bend. New York; The Neale Pub. Co., 1903.

BEE, FANNA MAI KEES, 1899-1990


Librarian. Born– August 18, 1899, Fair River, Miss. Parents– Leonidas Polk and Florence LaPearl (Maxwell) Kees. Education– Whitworth College, 1916-1919. Married– Eugene Seavey Bee, May 5, 1921. Children– Three. Held positions as office secretary and librarian for the Birmingham Sunday School Council; library consultant to the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham; special collections librarian at Howard College; and director of Hospital Library.  Died January 6, 1990.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1973.


Canaan; Garden Spot by the Cuttacochee, 1818-1968. Bessemer, Ala.; Canaan Baptist Church, 1971.

Sesquicentennial History of Ruhama Baptist Church, 1819-1969. Birmingham, Ala.; Ruhama Baptist Church, 1969.

BEECH, WEBB (Pseudonym)


Butterworth, William Edmund, III

BEECHER, JOHN, 1904-1980


Teacher, poet, civil rights crusader.  Born– January 22, 1904, New York, N.Y. Parents– Leonard Thurlow and Isabel (Garghill) Beecher. Education– Attended Virginia Military Institute and Cornell University; University of Alabama, A.B., 1926; graduate work at Harvard University, 1926-27; ; University of Wisconsin, M.A., 1930; graduate work at the University of North Carolina, 1933-34.  Served in the U. S. Merchant Marine, WWII; stationed on the S. S. Booker T. Washington, the first racially integrated unit in the U. S. Merchant Marine. Married– Virginia St. Clair Donovan, September 20, 1946; married Barbara Marie Scholz, August 16, 1955. Children– Five. Worked for U.S. Steel in Birmingham; instructor in English at Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin; administrator of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in North Carolina; manager of resettlement projects and migrant camps for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; assistant editor and editorial writer for the Birmingham News and Birmingham Age-Herald; regional director of the President’s Committee on Fair Employment; chief editor for the National Institute of Social Relations; assistant professor of sociology at San Francisco State College; rancher; lecturer in English at Arizona State University; a poet in residence at the University of Santa Clara, North Shore Community College, St. Johns University, and Assumption College. After the German surrender, director of thirty displaced persons camps around Stuttgart. Visiting professor at Miles College, 1966-1967. Contributed articles and poetry to many journals and periodicals.  Associate editior, Ramparts Magazine, 1959-67. Operated Ramparts Press with his wife.  Member American Association of University Professors.  Died May 11, 1980.


Contemporary Authors online and a brochure in the files at the Alabama Public Library Service.


All Brave Sailors; the Story of the SS Booker T. Washington. New York; L. B. Fischer, 1945.

And I Will Be Heard. New York; Twice a Year Press, 1940.

Bestride the Narrow World.  Rampart, 1963.

Collected Poems, 1924-1974. New York; Macmillan, 1974.

Conformity Means Death.  Rampart, 1963.

Hear the Wind Blow! Poems of Protest and Prophecy. New York; International Publishers, 1968.

Here I Stand. New York; Twice a Year Press, 1941.

Homage to a Subversive. Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ramparts Press, 1961.

A Humble Petition to the President of Harvard.  Rampart, 1963.

In Egypt Land. Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ramparts Press, 1960.

Inquest; a Poem. San Francisco; Morning Star Press, 1957.

John Beecher Papers; 1899-1972. (14 reels of microfilm). Glen Rock, N.J.; Microfilming Corporation of America, 1973.

Just Peanuts; a Poem. San Francisco; Morning Star Press, 1957.

Land of the Free; a Portfolio of Poems on the State of the Union. Oakland, Calif.; Morning Star Press, 1956.

Moloch.  Morning Star, 1957.

Observe the Time; an Everyday Tragedy in Verse. San Francisco; Morning Star Press, 1956.

On Acquiring a Cistercian Brewery.  Rampart, 1963.

Phantom City. Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ramparts Press, 1961.

Poems for the People; Broadsides … San Francisco; Morning Star Press, 1957.

Report to the Stockholders and Other Poems, 1932-1962. Phoenix, Ariz.; s.n., 1962.

To Live and Die in Dixie, and Other Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; Red Mountain Editions, 1966.

Tomorrow is a Day; a Story of the People in Politics. Chicago; Vanguard Books, 1980.

Undesirables; Poems. Landham, Md.; Gossetree Press, 1964.

Yours in the Bonds. Rampart, 1963.


A collection of the manuscripts of John Beecher is held by the library at Duke University.



College president; professor, chemist. Born– August 31, 1867, Keener. Parents– Captain W. B. and Mary A. (Sibert) Beeson. Married–Anna Leola Selman, 1894. Children– One. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1889; Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 1893. Instructor in physics at the University of Alabama and chemist with the Geological Survey of Alabama, 1888-1889; research chemist at the Louisiana Experiment Station and a professor of chemistry at Louisiana School of Sugar, 1893-1897. Served as professor, dean, and president, Georgia State College for Women, 1897-1934.  Retired in 1934 with status President Emeritus. Beeson Hall at Georgia College is named in his honor. Awarded the LL.D. by Johns Hopkins University, 1929. Died January 10, 1943.


Who Was Who in America online; Georgia College website


Beeson Genealogy. Macon, Ga.; Burke Co., 1925.

The Sibert Family of South Carolina and Alabama. Mobile, Ala.; Acme Printing Co., 1928.

A Study of the Action of Certain Diazo-compounds on Methyl and Ethyl Alcohols Under Varying Conditions. Baltimore; Gugenheim, Weil and Co., 1893.



Educator, agronomist, Ford dealer.  Born– June 20, 1879, Gadsden. Parents– W. B. and Mary Ann Sibert Beeson. Married– Effie Harrison, July 14, 1904. Children–three. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1900;  further study at Johns Hopkins University.  Taught at East Mississippi Female College, 1900-01; president of Meridian Male College, 1903-1914. Professor of Agronomy  at Oklahoma A & M, 1915-23. Bulletin writer for the Oklahoma A & M College Extension and Experiment Station Bulletin.  Owner of three Ford agencies . Died September 1, 1971.


Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939.


Alfalfa Experiment. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921.

Effect of Lime and Organic Matter on So Called Hard-Pan Soils. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921.

Grain Sorghum, for Club Borge in Oklahoma. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1918.

Livestock Judging Handbook.  Danville, IL: Interstate, 1947.

Sweet Clover. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1915.

Wheat, Continuous, With and Without Manure. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921.



Literary scholar and editor: university professor.  Born– Pennsylvania.  Education:  Davidson College, A.B., 1966; University of Virginia:  M.A., 1967; Ph.D., 1974.  Professor of English, University of Alabama, 1974-  . Military service:  U.S. Army, Vietnam.   Author of many articles in professional journals and anthologies as well as books;  leading voice in scholarship of the literature of  the war in Vietnam.  Received the Henry Jacobs Award for excellence in teaching, 1989; the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Literary Scholarship from the Alabama College English Teachers Association, 1999; the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Alabama, 1999.


University of Alabama website.


American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1982 (reprt., 2007).

American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

Beautiful War:  Studies in a Dreadful Fascination.  University of Alabama Press, 2016.

First Books: The Printed Word and Cultural Formation in Early Alabama.  University of Alabama Press, 1999.

The Good War’s Greatest Hits:  World War II and American Remembering.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.

La Isla Llamada el Paradiso/The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts.  University of Alabama Press, 1914.

Late Thoughts on an Old War:  The Legacy of Vietnam.  Athens: University of  Georgia Press, 2004 (reprt., 2007.

Rewriting America: Vietnam Authors in their Generation.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Scriptures for a Generation:  What We Were Reading in the 60s.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

The Victory Album:  Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War.  University of Alabama Press, 2010.


The Art of Fiction in the Heart of Dixie.  University of Alabama Press, 1986.

Company K.  University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Dog and Gun.  University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Gulfstream.  University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Many Voices, Many Rooms: A New Anthology of Alabama Writers.  Univesity of Alabama Press, 1997.

Rachel’s Children.  University of Alabama Press, 1990.


The Mythologizing of Mark Twain.  University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Writing Race across the Atlantic World, Medieval to Modern.  New York: Palgrave Press, 2005.





Writer; professor of English. Born June 22, 1916, Miami; moved to Montgomery at an early age. Parents– Elmer and Louise Brown Norris. Children–one. Education;  University of Alabama, B.A., 1938; M.A., 1940; additional graduate work at Duke University and the University of Alabama, where she was a student of Hudson Strode.  Assistant Professor of English at Huntingdon College, 1966-79; freelance writer after 1979.  Received the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, 2000.  Elected to Alabama Authors Hall of Fame in inaugural class, 2015. Winner of many literary awards, including a Pushcart Prize, two Andrew Lytle Awards, and five O’Henry Awards.  Poet Laureate of Alabama, 1999-2013. Died November 18, 2013.




The Burning Glass. LSU Press, 1992.

The Christmas Wife: Stories. University of Illinois Press, 1985.

For the Glory of God, Macmillan, 1958.

More than Seven Watchmen.  Zondervan, 1985.

One Day in the Life of a Born Again Loser.  University of Alabama Press, 2000.

Rain Pulse.  Timberline Press, 1997.

Something More than Earth. Little, Brown,  1940.

Walk with the Sickle Moon.  Birch Lane Press, 1985.

Water into Wine. University of Illinois Press,  1988.

Whatever Is Round.  Curbow Publications, 1994.




Librarian. Born– October 13, 1926, Tarrant City. Parents– Archer H. and Jessie Irene Adkins Bell. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1950; Harvard University, M.A. in English, 1951; Louisiana State University, M.S. in Librarianship, 1967; University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1974; also attended Columbia University and the University of Texas. Worked at the Birmingham Public Library, 1949-1950; Mobile Public Library, 1951-1955 and 1963-1965; Fort Worth Public Library, 1955-1960; New Orleans Public Library, 1962-1963 and 1965-1966. Executive director of the Book Club of California, 1960-1962; assistant professor of librarianship, University of South Carolina, 1971-1973; reference librarian at City College of San Francisco, 1974-1976; lecturer in the School of Library and Information Service at the University of California at Berkeley, 1974-1976; head of humanities and social science reference at the University of California at Davis after 1976. Died November 19, 1999.


Who’s Who in Library and Information Science, 1982.


A Bibliography of Mobile, Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1956.

The Butterfly Tree, a Novel. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1959.

A Dictionary of Classical Mythology; Symbols, Attributes and Association in Classical Myth. Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-Clio, 1982.

Place Names in Classical Mythology:  Greece.  Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO,1989.

Women of Classical Mythology; a Biographical Guide. Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-CLIO, 1991.

Joint Publications;

Meet me at the Butterfly Tree:    A Fairhope Memoir.  Fairhope: Over the Transom Press, 2001.



University professor. Born– October 31, 1921, Birmingham. Parents– Joseph L. and Pansy Stewart Bell. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1942; Birmingham Conservatory of Music, B.M., 1948; Middlebury College, M.A., 1949; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1960. Served as a translator-interpreter for the U. S. Armed Forces in Europe; taught at Lycee Claude Bernard, Paris, 1949-1950; Columbia University, 1957-1960; Mount Holyoke College, 1961-1976;  University of Alabama in Birmingham after 1979. Awarded grants from the American Philosophical Society and Mt. Holyoke. Honors; Clarke F. Ansley Prize awarded by Columbia University Press.


Directory of American Scholars, and Jane McRae, Bessemer, Ala.


Cocteau, La Machine Infernale. New York; Dell, 1968.

Proust’s Noturnal Muse. New York; Columbia University Press, 1962.


Marcel Proust, Un Amour de Swann. New York; Macmillan, 1965.



Economist; University professor. Born– December 27, 1943, Meridian, Conn. Married– Ali Monahan. Children– Two. Education– Bryant College, B.S., 1964; Washington University, M.B.A., 1966; Florida State University, Ph.D. in Economics, 1971. Taught, Auburn University, 1970-1985; University of South Florida, 1985- .  Author of articles in professional journals and anthologies; member of several editorial boards.  Member American Economics Association.


American Men and Women of Science, 1978; Marquis Who’s Who Online.


Labor Economics; Choice in Labor Markets. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1979; 2nd ed. 1983.

BELSER, DANYLU, 1893-1972


Teacher; educational administrator. Born– March 28, 1893, Montgomery County. Parents– Stephen P. and Martha Frances Crawford (Hays) Belser. Education– University of Denver, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A., Ph.D. Teacher and principal in elementary schools in Alabama; served as supervisor of elementary education for Montgomery County, supervisor of primary education for the state of Alabama, state director of the School and Community Organizations in the State;  professor in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alabama after 1929. Fellow of the General Education Board, 1927-1929.  The Belser-Parton Reading Center in the College of Education at the University of Alabama was named in honor of Dr. Belser and Dr. Daisy Parton, professors of Elementary Education.  Died June 21, 1972.


Who’s Who of American Women, 1958.


Conditions and Practices Influencing the Elementary Education of White Children in the Public Schools of Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Company, 1930.


Teaching Inter-American Relations; a Workshop Report Developed by the Members of the Workshop. University, Ala.; Bureau of Educational Research, CoIlege of Education, University of Alabama, 1944.



University professor; administrator. Born– October 23, 1940, Philadelphia, Pa. Married– Anne Rosamund Shaw, February 3, 1968.  Children–one. Education– University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1962, LL.B, 1965, M.A., 1967 and Ph.D., 1971. Taught at Duke University, 1970-1975; University of Southern California 1975-1978; University of Alabama in Birmingham 1978-84; ;  chairman of the Department of Philosophy at UAB 1980-84. Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at UAB, 1984-98.  Visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh, 1979. Published many articles in professional journals. Member of the American Philosophical Association; member and president of the Alabama Chapter of the Jane Austen Society. National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Humanist Fellowship, 1974-75.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Marquis Who’s Who online.


Law as Rule and Principle. Stanford, Calif.; Stanford University Press, 1978.

Rights. Totowa, N.J.; Biblo and Jannen, 1982.


Philosophy Then and Now.  Malden, Mass:  Blackwell, 1998.


Human Rights in Philosophy and Practice.  Ashgate, 2001.

Morality, Responsibility, and the University:  Studies in Academic Ethics.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1990.


A collection of the papers of Theodore M. Benditt is held by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Archives.




Engineer; University professor of engineering. Born– October 15, 1942,   Roanoke. Married–Mary.  Children–two. Education– Auburn University, B.S., 1966; M.S., 1972; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D., 1975. Served as an officer/combat engineer in the U. S. Air Force in Vietnam, 1966-71.  Awarded the Bronze Star for his service.  Taught at Mississippi State University, 1975-76; at the University of Colorado, 1976-79; at Auburn University, 1979-2012. Dean of the College of Engineering, 2000-2012.  Author of more than one hundred publications.  Received awards as outstanding alumnus at VPI and Auburn (2012).  Named to State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, 2013.  Named Dean Emeritus on his retirement at Auburn in 2012.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; Auburn University website; Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame website..


Biological Process Design for Wastewater Treatment. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1980.

Process Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Treatment. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1982.

Sensitivity Analysis for an Activated Sludge Model Which Considers Toxicant Concentration. Auburn, Ala.; Water Resources Research Institute, Auburn University, 1984.

Treatment Plant Hydrolics for Environmental Engineers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1984.



Physicist; science fiction writer.  Born– January 30, 1941, Mobile. Parents– James Alton and Mary Eloise (Nelson) Benford. Married– Joan Abbe, August 26, 1967. Children– Two. Married Elisabeth Malartre Brown, 2005. Education– University of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963; University of California in San Diego, M.S., 1965, Ph.D., 1967. Worked as a research assistant, University of California in San Diego, 1964-1967; Employed by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. as a fellow, 1967-1969, and research physicist, 1969-1971; member of the faculty of the University of California in Irvine, 1971-2006.; visiting professor at Cambridge University, 1976-1979. Held a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1963-1964. Honors; 4 Hugo Awards; 12 Nebula Awards  from Science Fiction Writers of America; British Science Fiction Award, 1981; UN Medal in Literature; Lord Prize, 1995;  Isaac Asimov Memorial Award, 2007; Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement. Awarded status of professor emeritus at the University of California at Irvine  on his retirement in 2006.


Contemporary Authors online and Who’s Who in America, 1984.


Across the Sea of Suns. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Against Infinity. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Artifact. New York; TOR, 1985.

Bowl of Heaven.  Forge, 2012.

Deeper Than the Darkness. New York; Ace Publishing Corp., 1970. (revised as The Stars in Shroud. New York; Putnam, 1979.)

In The Ocean of Night, a Novel. New York; Dial, 1977.

Matter’s End. New Castle, Va.; Cheap Street, 1991.

Jupiter Project. Nashville; Thomas Nelson, 1975.

Shiva Descending. New York; Avon, 1980.

Timescape. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1980.

Threads of Time. Nashville; Thomas Nelson, 1974.

Tides of Light. Toronto; Bantam, 1989.


Beyond the Fall of Night. New York; Putnam, 1990.

The Jupiter War. New York; ROC, 1991


Find the Changeling. New York; Dell, 1980.

If the Stars Are Gods. New York; Putnam, 1977.


The papers of Gregory Benford held by the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of California Riverside.