Writer; author of film and television scripts and books.  Born–January 6, 1942, Jacksonville, Florida.  Parents–Charles Sr. and Margaret Shook Gaines.  Married-Patricia Ellisor, June 20, 1963.  Children– three.  Education:  Attended Washington and Lee University, 1960; B. A. Birmingham-Southern College, 1963; M. F. A., University of Iowa, 1967.  Director of federal Title III Operation Arts program in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1967-69; Associate Professor of Creative Writing, New England College, Henniker, NH, 1970-76.  Published novels, nonfiction books, filmscripts, scripts for television series, and articles and short stories for periodicals.  Finalist for National Book Award, 1970; Emmy Award, 1976; nominated for annual screen award from the Writers Guild of America, 1976. Alabama Writers Hall of Fame, 2018.


Contemporary Authors online.


Dangler.  Simon and Schuster, 1976.

A Family Place; A Man Returns to the Center of his Life.  Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.

Leaper:  The Wonderful World of Atlantic Salmon Fishing.  Guilford, 2001.

The Next Valley Over;  An Angler’s Progress.  Crown Publishers, 2000.

Pumping Iron.  Simon and Schuster, 1974.

Stay Hungry.  Doubleday, 1972.

Staying Hard:  The Only Exercise Book You Will Ever Need.  New York:  Kenan Press, 1980.

Survival Games.  Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.

Yours in Perfect Manhood, Charles Atlas; The Most Effective Fitness Program Ever Devised.  Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Film Scripts;

“Pumping Iron,” adapted from his novel of the same title.  Cinema Five, 1977.

(With Bob Rafelson). “Stay Hungry,” adapted from his novel of the same title.  United Artists, 1976.

“Summer.”  PBS Television, 1980.

Joint Publications;

(With Arnold Schwarzenegger).  Arnold’s Fitness for Kids (three volumes: Ages Birth-5; Ages 6-10; Ages 11-14). Doubleday, 1993.

(With George Butler). Pumping Iron II; The Unprecedented Woman.  Simon & Schuster, 1984.

(With Robert Arnot). Sportselection.  Viking, 1984.

(With Jean-Michel Basquiat and Catherine Lord).  The Theatre of Refusal; Black Art and Mainstream Criticism.  University of California, 1993.

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Physician, professor of medicine. Born– July 12, 1869, Mobile. Parents– Aristide and Amante (Gaines) Hamelin. Adopted by grandparents, Edmund Pendleton and Mary Jane (Toulmin) Gaines. Married– Augusta Brooks Henry, April 25, 1896. Children– Two. Education– University of Alabama, degrees in pharmacy and medicine, 1890. Intern, City Hospital of Mobile; assistant surgeon at New Orleans U.S. Marine Hospital during yellow fever epidemic of 1897; practiced medicine, 1904-; during World War I, served as Captain, Medical Corps, Camp Sevier, S.C.; after war, practiced medicine in Mobile; served fifteen years as member of Mobile County Board of Health; professor of pathology and dermatology, Mobile Medical Department of the University of Alabama. Member, American, Southern, and Alabama Medical Associations; Mobile County Medical Society. Died January 25, 1955.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama.


Mobile; West Florida to Alabama. Mobile, Ala.; Rapier House, 1952.



Painter, craftsperson. Born–Selma.  Parents; Rev. Thaddeus and Vassie Spencer Ellisor. Married– Charles Gaines, III, June 20, 1963.  Children– Three. Education– B.A., Birmingham Southern College; M.F.A., University of Georgia. Chair, Art Department, Proctor Academy, Andover, Mass., 1971-73; Artist in Residence, Belknap College, NH, 1973-4; Associate Professor of Painting and Design, New England College, NH, 1975-76.  Has installations and exhibits of paintings in many cities including Birmingham, New York, and Boston, and in many distinguished private collections.



Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History and jacket of Soft.


The Fabric Decoration Book. New York; Morrow, 1975.

Soft; an Irresistible Collection of Pillows, Toys, Bags, Objects to Sit on, Ornaments for the Body, and Various Malleable Oddities and How to Make Them. New York; Morrow, 1977.



Writer. Born– May 21, 1889, in Somerville, Tenn.; grew up in Corinth, MS  Parents– Paul Tudor and Annie (Smith) Jones. Married– Rice Gaither, April 25, 1912.   Education–   Mississippi State College for Women, B.A., 1909. Taught briefly in Corinth and lived in Mobile and Fairhope after her marriage; moved to New York City in 1929 and worked as a free lance writer. Published many short stories and reviews in various periodicals;  wrote children’s books during the 1930s; adult fiction in the 1940s. Double Muscadine was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, 1949.  Died October 28, 1955.


Bain’s Southern Writers; a Biographical Dictionary, 1979.


Double Muscadine. New York; Macmillan, 1949,

The Fatal River, the Life and Death of LaSalle. New York; H. Holt Co., 1931.

Follow the Drinking Gourd. New York; Macmillan, 1940.

Little Miss Cappo. New York; Macmillan, 1937.

The Pageant of Columbus with a Masques of I.I.&C. Columbus, Miss.; Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, 1915.

The Painted Arrow. New York; Macmillan, 1937.

The Red Cock Crows. New York; Macmillan, 1944.

The Scarlet Coat. New York; Macmillan, 1934.

The Shadow of the Builder. Charlottesville, Va.; Arundel Co. Inc., 1921.

Shores of Happiness; a Pageant . Charlottesville, Va.; F.J.O. Gaither, 1919.


A collection of papers of Frances Ormond Gaither and Rice Gaither is held by the Manuscripts and Archives Department of the New York Public Library.



Educator, clergyman, social activist. Born– February 4, 1904, Rankin, Ill. Parents– Elmer and Elma Maryel (Poole) Gallagher. Married –June Lucille Sampson, September 1, 1927.  Children– two. Education– Carleton College, B.A., 1925; Union Theological Seminary, B.D., 1929; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1939; further study at the London School of Economics, 1929-30. Instructor in economics, Doane College, Nebraska, 1925-26; ordained minister in the Congregational Church, 1929; National secretary of YMCA, 1930-31; pastor of Congregational Church in Passaic, NJ, 1931-33; president of Talladega College, 1933-43; professor of Christian Ethics, Pacific School Of Religion, 1944-49; consultant, U.S. Office of Education, 1950-51; president of the College of the City of New York, 1952-61 and 1962-69; chancellor of California State College system, 1961-62. Candidate for U. S. House of Representatives, California 7th district, 1948. A member and officer in many national service organizations and commissions, including the World University Service, the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches, and the NAACP (which he served as vice-chair of the board of directors). Named president emeritus of the College of the City of New York on his retirement in 1970. Received  honorary degrees from many colleges and universities, including  Columbia University,Brandeis University (1954); Tuskegee Institute (1963); L.H.D. degrees from Wagner College (1954); Moravian College (1958); Adelphi College (1966); City College of City University of New York (1972); Talladega College (1973); honorary Litt. D., University of Cincinnati (1957).  Named a chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Government. Awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army; the Amistad Medal (1968) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal by the City University of New York, 1969.  Died August  30, 1978.


Contemporary Authors Online; Marquis Who’s Who online.


American Caste and the Negro College. New York; Columbia University Press, 1938.

Color and Conscience; the Irrepressible Conflict. New York; Harper & Row, 1946.

The Federal Government and the Higher Education of the Deaf. Washington, D.C.; s.n., 1949.

Portrait of a Pilgrim; a Search for the Christian Way in Race Relations. New York; Friendship Press, 1946.

A Preface to the Study of Utopias. Yellow Springs, Ohio; Antioch Press, 1960.

Editor and Contributor:

Campus in Crisis. New York; Harper & Row, 1974.

College and the Black Student:  NAACP Tracts for the Times.  NAACP, 1971.



Lawyer, legislator. Born– August 13, 1918, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Parents– John M. and Lua V. (Caulkins) Gallalee. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1939; LL.B., 1941. Married– Jeppie Adams (Mobile) on March 17, 1951. Children– Two. Practiced law in Mobile with the firm of Caffey, Gallalee and Eddington. Served in U.S. Army, 1941-1946 and 1950-1951. Member of Alabama House of Representatives, 1950-1954. Member of the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners, Mobile Symphony Directors, Estate Planning Council of Mobile, Historic Mobile Preservation Society, Mobile County Bar Association, Wildlife and Conservation Association.  Died February 16, 1974.


Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. II.


Jubilees. Mobile, Ala.; J. C. Gallalee, 1973.


Some of the papers of Jack Gallalee are held in the archives at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.



Journalist; newspaper editor. Born– June 14, 1920, Gadsden. Parents– Thomas Grady and Louise (Ralls) Gallant. Married– Micheal Ann Snider, March 18, 1946. Children– Three. Education– Studied at Emory University, 1939-1941, 1946-1947. Served in U.S. Marine Corps, 1941-1945. Editor, Cleveland, Tenn. Daily Banner, 1947-1948; reporter, Chattanooga News/Free Press, 1948-1963; columnist, Chattanooga Post, 1966-1970; Nashville Banner, 1971-74; information officer, Tennessee Office of the Comptroller and Treasury, Nashville, 1974. Reported on many important events of the middle and later 20th century; published articles and photographs. Publicity director, Cherokee, N.C., Historical Association, 1959-1961. Member, Museum Advisory Panel for Tennessee Arts Commission, 1974.  Died November 10, 2009.


Obituary, Cleveland Daily Banner, November 12, 2009.

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1976.


The Friendly Dead. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1964.

Valor’s Side. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1963.



University Professor, theatre director. Born– March 1, 1903, in Savannah, Ga. Parents– Herman W. and Mattie (Wilfert) Hesse. Education– Goucher College, 1921-1924; University of Michigan, A.B., 1925; M.A., 1924; State University of Iowa, Ph.D., 1941. Director of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Community Plays, 1935; taught at Arizona State College, 1942-1944; Eastern Illinois State College, 1944-1946; State University of Iowa, 1946-1948; University of Alabama, 1948-1973 as professor of speech and director of the University Theatre.  The Alabama Conference on Theatre and Speech established the annual Marian Gallaway Award for Contributions to Theatre in Alabama, and Marian Gallaway Theater on the University of Alabama campus is named in her honor.  Died November 1980.


Biographical Encyclopedia and Who’s Who of American Theatre; Directory of American Scholars, 1974; Notables in the American Theatre.


Constructing a Play. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1950.

The Director in the Theatre. New York; Macmillan, 1963.


A collection of the papers of Marian Gallaway is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.



Architectural historian; preservationist. Born August 24, 1943. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.S., University of Georgia, M.A., 1967. Worked in National Preservation Office of Dominican Republic for two and one-half years while serving in Peace Corps. Joined the staff of the National Park Service in 1969; worked with U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the National Landmarks program.  Senior architectural historian for the Alabama Historical Commission, 1982-.  Has also worked with preservation projects in the Caribbean and Central America, under the auspices of the United Nations. Received the Antoinette Forrester Downing Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, 1989.


SCRIPSIT, University of Alabama Libraries files; dust jacket notes, Historic Architecture in Alabama.


The Alabama Catalog; Historic American Buildings Survey; a Guide to the Early Architecture of the State. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1987.

Historic Architecture In Alabama; a Primer of Styles and Types, 1810-1930. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1990.

Puerto Plata, la Conservacion de una Ciudad; Inventario. Santo Domingo; Editora Alfa y Omega, 1978.

Sully; the Biography of a House. Chantilly, Va.; Sully Foundation, 1974.

Where to Look:  A Guide to Preservation Information.  Washington, DC: 1982.


The Alabama State Capitol; Architectural History of the Capitol Interiors. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Historical Commission, 1984.

The Lure and Lore of Limestone County.  Tuscaloosa:  Portals Press, 1990.

Restoration of the Alabama State Capitol; an Historical Perspective for Renovation and Restoration of the Interior. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Historical Commission, 1983.


Silent in the Land. Tuscaloosa:  CKM Press, 1993.



Historian, genealogist. Born– May 9, 1904, Huntsville. Parents– George Walter and Evalena (Moore) Jones. Married– Bennie William Gandrud, November 29, 1930. Children– One. Education– Study at Peabody Conservatory, 1922-1924. Kathleen Pauline Jones began compiling a genealogy at seventeen. After her marriage, continued compiling and indexing the Alabama marriage, cemetery, court, and other records comprising the 245 volumes which were sold in typescript for years before their publication.  Died September 29, 1980.


Tuscaloosa News, November 6, 1977.


Marriage, Death, and Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers, 1819-1893. Easley, S.C.; Southern Historical Press, 1981.


Alabama Records. 245 vols. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Typescript by compilers, 1969-1976. (Published by Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, 1980-.)


Marriage Records of Bibb County, Ala. 1820-1960. Memphis; Milestone Press, 1969.

Marriage Records of Greene County, Ala. 1823-1860. Memphis; Milestone Press, 1969.

Marriage Records of Jefferson County, Ala. 1818-1864. Memphis; Milestone Press, 1979.

Marriage Records of Marengo County, Ala. 1817-1850. Memphis; Milestone Press, 1970.

Marriage Records of Montgomery County, Ala. 1817-1850. Memphis; Milestone Press, 1973.

Marriage Records of Tuscaloosa County, Ala. 1823-1860. Memphis; Milestone Press, 1968.


A collection of the papers of Pauline Jones Gandrud is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.



Educator. Born– December 5, 1880, Rosehill vicinity, Covington County. Parents– Daniel Hansome and Elefare (Parish) Ganey. Married– Julia Gertrude David, July 3, 1907. Children– One. Education– Troy State Normal College, Ph.B., 1907; study at University of Virginia, 1910-1911. Teacher in Covington County; superintendent of Dadeville schools, 1907-1909; principal, Tallapoosa High School; principal, Northside High School, Talladega; principal, Alabama School for the Blind, Talladega, 1914-1938; superintendent, 1938-1946. President, American Association of Institutions for the Blind. Honors– Howard College, LL.D., 1939.  Died December 8, 1965.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama.


A Historical Sketch of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Talladega, Ala.; Printed by the Pupils of the Alabama School for the Deaf, 1942.



Methodist clergyman; journalist.  Born– December 15, 1895, Hackleburg. Parents– Joshua A. and America M. Gann. Married– Mary Paulk, 1915. Children– Five. Education– Study at Florence State Normal School and Asbury College. Special correspondent for daily newspapers; contributor to Literary Digest; associate editor of small daily in Mississippi. Pastor, First Methodist Church in Guntersville and West End Methodist Church in Birmingham. Honorary doctorate, Athens College. Died December 17, 1972.


Files at Birmingham Public Library.


Grace Greater than Sin. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Zondervan, 1940.



Writer; University professor. Born– October 5, 1932, Birmingham. Parents– Eugene Keenan and Margaret Reid Garber.  Married Barbara Morrow, 1954; children–two.  Education– Tulane University, B.A., 1954; University of Iowa, M.A., 1959, Ph.D., 1962. Served in the U.S.Navy, 1954-57.Taught English at Parsons College, 1961-62;  University of Iowa, 1962-1968; Western Washington State College, 1968-1977; professor of English, State University of New York, Albany, 1977-1996. Member, Modern Language Association and National Council of Teachers of English. Member of the advisory panel of the National Writing Project, 1979-81. Received Associated Writing Programs Award for short fiction, 1981;  Presidential Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 1982; Creative Artist Public Service Award, New York State, 1984. Awarded status of professor emeritus on his retirement in 1996.


Directory of American Scholars, 1978; Contemporary Authors Online


Beasts in their Wisdom.  Snail’s Pace Press, 2004.

The Historian: Six Fantasies of the American Experience.  Northwestern University Press, 1955.

Metaphysical Tales; Stories. Columbia; University of Missouri Press, 1981.


Better Reading I and II.  Scott Foresman, 1959.


Liberal and Conservative:  Issues for College Students.  Scott Foresman, 1968.


A collection of the papers of Eugene Keenan Garber is held by the Special Collections Library of the University Libraries at SUNY, Albany.

GARBER, JAMES R.,1889-1978


Physician. Born–May 26, 1889, in Pueblo, Colo. Parents; John R. and  Catherine L. Garber. Married– Bessie Evans.  Children– Two. Education– High school, Demopolis; Spring Hill College; Jefferson Medical College, M.D.; interned Johns Hopkins Hospital. Professor of Obstetrics, Medical College of Alabama, 1914-1956; chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Jefferson Hillman Hospital. Member and president (1933-1934) Alabama Medical Association; Jefferson County Board of Public Welfare. Given Meritorious Award by the American Academy of General Practice, 1959. Served as president and medical director of Physicians National Life Insurance. Candidate for State Democratic Executive Committee, 1958.  Died August 1978.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Selected Patriotic Talks. Birmingham, Ala.; Freedom Educational Foundation, 1964.



Professor of accounting, university dean. Born– August 15, 1910, in Yadkinville, N.C. Parents– Samuel W. and Ila Jane (Hoots) Garner. Education– Duke University, A.B., 1932; A.M., 1934; University of Texas, Ph.D., 1940.  Married– Ruth Bailey, August 25, 1935. Children– Three. Professor of accounting, University of Alabama, 1939-1971;  dean, College of Commerce, University of Alabama, 1954-1971. Author of numerous articles in professional journals. Consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense. Conducted special educational assignments for U.S. State Department in Turkey, the Far East, Europe, South America, Africa.Member of numerous professional organizations.  Awarded status of professor emeritus at the University of Alabama upon his retirement, 1971. Honorary degrees from Pusan National University (1966), University of Alabama (1971). Died October 16, 1996.


Who’s Who in America, 1980; Accounting Historians Journal, 1997.


Advanced Accounting Problems. Boston; Heath, 1951.

Developmental History of Accounting in China. Taipei, Taiwan; Accounting Research Division, Tung-Wu University, 1978.

Evolution of Cost Accounting to 1925. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1954.

The Golden Anniversary of One of Accounting History’s Mysterious Contributors; Albert Dupont. University, Ala.; Academy of Accounting Historians, 1975.


Advanced Accounting. Boston; Heath, 1951.

Elementary Cost Accounting. Boston; Heath, 1941.


Readings on Accounting Development. New York; Arno Press, 1978.

GARRARD, JEANNE, 1923-1993


Writer, journalist, teacher of writing. Born– April 9, 1923, Birmingham. Parents– Oscar and Jeanne (Holoman) Garrard. Married– Faber S. Ebersole, October 1, 1957. Education– Study at Stetson University, 1940-1942; Lindsey Hopkins Hotel School, 1959; divorced 1960. Writer, commentator, and director for newspapers and radio stations in Florida; various positions with Better Homes and Gardens and Meredith Publishing Co; instructor of writing in adult education at North Miami High School after 1956; freelance writer after 1958. Member, Board of Directors, Miami Beach Garden Center and Conservatory. National Literary Horticulture award of the National Council of Garden Clubs. Died September 17, 1993.


Who’s Who of American Women; Marquis who’s who online


Fairchild Tropical Garden. Miami; Argos, 1970.

Flowers of Bermuda. New York; Hastings House, 1970.

Flowers of the Bahamas. New York; Hastings House, 1970.

Flowers of the Caribbean. Miami; Argos, 1972.

Flowers of the West Indies; Caribbean and Bahamas. New York; Hastings House, 1970.

Growing Orchids for Pleasure. New York; A. S. Barnes, 1966.

Potted. Miami Beach; Beach & Town Press, 1967. Tropical Flowers. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1973.

Tropical Flowers of Florida. Miami; Argos, 1970.



Musician; musicologist; university professor. Born– March 29, 1924, Birmingham; grew up in Chapel Hill, NC. Parents– Mitchell Bennett and Dora Mayfred (Matthews) Garrett. Married– Louise Lynch Jones, June 5, 1948. Children– Three. Education– University of North Carolina, A.B., 1947, M.A., 1949, Ph.D., 1952. Served in the U. S. Navy, WWII. Faculty member, Catholic University of America, 1952-1966; professor of music and assistant dean of Temple University College of Music, 1966-.  Member, Music Educators National Conference; Musical Fund Society; Music Teachers National Association; president, North Carolina Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Pennsylvania State Music Teachers Association and Maryland State Music Teachers Association; member Chi Phi, and Phi Mu Alpha. Died December 7, 2008.


Who’s Who in the East, 1975; obituary.


An Introduction to Research in Music. Washington, D.C.; Catholic University of America Press, 1965.

William Billings and the Fuguing Tune.  University of North Carolina Press, 1949.



Historian; University professor. Born– April 17, 1881, near Lineville. Parents– Mitchell Bennett and Matilda Caroline (McCain) Garrett. Married– Dora Mayfred Matthews, May 12, 1923. Children– Two. Education– Howard College, B.A., 1900, M.A., 1903; Cornell University, Ph.D., 1910. Instructor of history at several institutions including University of Mississippi, University of Michigan, St. Lawrence University, and  Howard College; Professor of Modern European History  at the University of North Carolina, 1927 – 1952. Member, American Historical Association and Southern Historical Society.  Awarded the Mayflower Cup by the state of North Carolina, 1936; received an honorary LL. D. degree from Howard College, 1942. Died December 3, 1959.


National Cyclopedia of American Biography; obituary


The Estates General of 1789; the Problems of Composition and Organization. New York; D. Appleton Century, 1935.

Europe since 1815. New York; F.S. Crofts, 1947.

European History, 1500-1815. New York; American Book Co., 1940.

The French Colonial Question, 1789-1791. Ann Arbor, Mich.; G. Wahr, 1916.

Horse and Buggy Days on Hatchet Creek. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1957.

Sixty Years of Howard College, 1842-1902. Birmingham, Ala.; Howard College, 1927.



Homemaker, writer. Born– October 10, 1914, Huntsville. Parents– Joseph A. and Lubel (Darwin) McCown. Married– Harold Gassman. Children– Two. First woman speaker at convention of 4,000 members of the National Funeral Directors Association.  Died November 25, 1971.


Rome, Ga., Public Library.


Daddy was an Undertaker. New York; Vantage Press, 1952.

Fragments, Torn from the Whole Cloth of Life.  Prairie City, IL:  Decker Press, 1948.



Entrepreneur. Born– July 4, 1892, Demopolis. Parents–Tom and Rosa Gaston.  Married– Creola Smith Gaston. Children– One. Education– Study at Tuggle Institute, a private school for African-American students in Birmingham. Served in U.S.Army, WWI.  Laborer at Tennessee Coal, Iron & Steel Co.; in 1923 organized, with L.A. Smith,  a burial society which grew into a Forty-million-dollar business empire including an insurance company and other enterprises including a chain of funeral homes, a business college, City Federal Savings and Loan Association; and Gaston Enterprises, a corporation including a motel, cemetery, realty and investment company, mortuary, and other businesses. In 1953 established the A.G. Gaston Spelling Bee for elementary school students; by 1965 every school in Birmingham was participating. Supported many philanthropic enterprises and though non-confrontational himself gave financial support to Civil Rights leaders in the state.  Honorary degrees from six institutions; sixty awards, and citations and honors from presidents Truman, Johnson, and Nixon. Named “Entrepreneur of the Century” by Black Enterprise magazine, 1992.  Died January 19, 1996.


Ebony Success Library, Vol. 2; Who’s Who among Black Americans, 1980-1981; Encyclopedia of Alabama.


Green Power; the Successful Way of A.G. Gaston. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1968.



Home economist; University professor. Born–November 20, 1888, Snowden; raised in Selma.  Parents–Edward Samuel and Minnie Taylor Gatchell. Columbia University Teachers College, B.S., 1923; M.S., 1928.  Professor in  Foods and Nutrition Department, School of Home Economics, Auburn University, 1923-56. Died February 22, 1960.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. 3;


Handbook of Menu Planning. Atlanta; Smith, Hammond & Co., 1927.

Know Your Table Linen and Laces. Ann Arbor; Edwards Brothers, 1946.

Know Your Tableware. Ann Arbor; Edwards Brothers, 1945.

Manual of Food Preservation. Ann Arbor; Edwards Brothers, 1942.

Who’s Who in Delta Kappa Gamma of Beta State, Alabama. S.l.; s.n., 1945.


The Special Collections Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University holds a collection of the papers of Dana King Gatchell.



College professor. Born– September 29, 1899, Montgomery. Parents–John Floyd and Julia Elmetta Gay. Married–Lena Clair Butler.  Children–four. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1921, LL.B., 1923, M.A., 1928. Instructor in English, University of Florida, 1927-1930; head, English department, Georgia State College for Men, 1930-1933; literary research and writing, 1933-1935, 1945-1961; head, English department, Bob Jones College, 1938-1941; instructor in English, Campbell College, 1961-1962; acting chairman, English department, Bluefield State College, 1961-1963; assistant professor, Hampden-Sydney College, 1964-1965; associate professor, Pembroke State College, 1965-1966; research and writing after 1966. D.D., University of Alabama, 1969. Member, Academy of American Poets. Died November 21, 1981.


Directory of American Scholars, 1978.


Montgomery, Alabama; a City in Crisis. New York; Exposition Press, 1957.



Mayor; administrator; soldier. Born– March 5, 1896, Montgomery. Parents– William A. and Mary (Winn) Gayle. Married– Katharine Anderson, September 20, 1918. Children– One. Education– Study at U.S. Naval Academy, 1914-1915; University of Alabama, 1915-1916. Served in the U.S. Navy in  World War I; worked nine years as general manager of Anderson Coal Company; was Assistant Adjutant General of Alabama, then Adjutant General, with the rank of Brigadier; commissioner of the City of Montgomery. Colonel in U. S. Army Air Force Air Force during World War II, continuing active duty in Alabama National Guard. Public works commissioner of the city of Montgomery; elected mayor of the city in 1951 and served until 1959. The Montgomery Bus Boycott took place during his term in office.  Member, Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias, the Shrine, and Elks. Received the Bronze Star for his service in WWII. Died July 5, 1965.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama.


The Poems of William Gayle. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1934.



Local historian; journalist. Born September 15, 1921, Lawrence Co. Parents– John Harvey and Minnie Dale (Burch) Free. Married– H. Clifton Gentry, February 12, 1942. Children– Two. Resident of Hartford, Kentucky; for many years.  Columnist, writer and editor of the Ohio County Times; columnist for the Ohio County Times-News.  Researcher and collector of early countiana.  Died August 1, 2012.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; obituary.


Fort Hartford, Ohio, County; Founded on Faith in the Future.  Hartford, Ky:  The Author, 1986.

Life and Legend of Lawrence County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Gentry, 1962.

Rough River Ripples.  Hartford, Ky: The Author, 1992.



Writer, editor.  Born:  December 4, 1927, Calhoun.  Married–Earl A. George.  Children–one.  Education:  Judson College, B.A., 1949; aatended Samford University;  UAB, M.A., 19714; additional work at the University of Alabama.  Worked as an English teacher in Birmingham and Jefferson County schools for twenty-three years; founded Druid Press, a small publishing house, in 1982.  Published her first book in 1982; published short stories and poems in magazines and journals; wrote a series of mystery novels, the “Southern Sister Series.”Selected Alabama Poet of the Year, 1994; Agatha Award for Best First Mystery, 1997; Alabama State Poet; Alumna of the Year, Samford University, 1999; Book of the Year, Alabama State Poets Society, 2001. Died March 14, 2001.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary, Birmingham News, March 15, 2001


The Map that Lies  between Us: New and Collected Poems, 1980-2000.  Montgomery, AL: Black Belt Press, 2000.

Murder Boogies with Elvis.  Morrow, 2001.

Murder Carries a Torch.  Morrow, 2000.

Murder Gets a Life.  Avon, 1998.

Murder Makes Waves.  Avon, 1997.

Murder on a Bad Hair Day.  Avon, 1996.

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out.  New York;  Avon, 1966.

Murder Runs in the Family.  Avon, 1997.

Murder Shoots the Bull.  Morrow, 1999.

This One and Magic Life:  A Novel of a Southern Family.  Avon, 1999.

Wild Goose Chase.  Druid Press, 1982.


A Baker’s Dozen: Contemporary Women Poems of Alabama.  Druid Press, 1988.


A collection of the papers of Anne George is held by the Special Collections Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.





Rabbi, professor, lecturer, writer.  Born– July 30, 1918, in New York City. Parents– Max and Sadie Leah Schuster Gerber. Married–Sydelle Reba Katzman, January 9, 1943.  Children–three. Education– Yeshiva University, B.A., 1939; City College of New York, M.A., 1940; Boston University, Ph. D., 1950. Ordained as rabbi, 1941. Active duty in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, 1951-52, chaplain in the Army Reserve, 1949-54.  Served as rabbi to congregations in Plymouth, Ma.; Fitchburg, MA; Dothan, Al, and Charlotte, NC, from 1943 to 1972.  Professor of Psychology at Johnson C. Smith University, 1972-2002.  Taught and lectured at Davidson College,  Hood Theological Seminary, Livingston College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Contributed articles to various periodicals using the pseudonym Ben Mordecai.   Member of many professional and civic organizations including the American Psychological Association, Southeastern Psychology Association, American Academy of Religion, B’nai  Brith, and Rotary International.  Received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1964.  Died October 4, 2011.


Directory of American Scholars, 1978; Contemporary Authors online; Obituary, Atlanta Journal- Constitution, October 6, 2011.


The Heritage Seekers; American Blacks in Search of Jewish Identity. Middle Village, N.Y.; Jonathan David, 1977.

Immortal Rebels; Freedom for the Individual in the Bible. New York; Jonathan David, 1963.

Job on Trial; A Book for Our Time.  Gastonia, NC; E.P. Press, 1982.

Man on a Pendulum; a Case History of an Introvert. New York; American Press, 1955.

A Psychology of the Suffering Mind. New York; Jonathan David, 1951.


Rabbinical Counseling.  Bloch Publishing, 1966.



Poet; children’s author;  teacher of writing.  Born– August 25, 1946, in Bayside, Queens, New York City. Parents– Charles Vincent and Patricia (Pelletier) Ghigna. Married– Nancy Minnicks.  Children–one. Married–Debra Holmes, August 2, 1975.  Children–one. Education– Attended Edison Community College, 1964-1966; Florida Atlantic University, B.A., 1968; M.A., 1969; University of South Florida; Florida State University.  Taught high school English, Ft. Myers, Fl., 1968-1973; Edison Community College, 1973-74; Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1974-1993; Samford University, instructor in creative writing, 1979. . Free-lance writer after 1993. Published many works in anthologies and journals.   Editor of English Journal, 1974; creator, director, and performer in “Cabbages and Kings,” television series for Alabama Educational Television, 1976. Author of nationally syndicated feature “Snickers” for Tribune Media Services, 1993-98. Has given hundreds of readings at schools and colleges.  Received a Pulitzer Prize nomination, 1990; Helen Keller Literary award, 1993; First Prize, International Sakura Haiku Contest, 1993; Pick of the Lists, American Booksellers Association, 1994 and 1995. Performed his poetry at the Library of Congress in 1978 and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1984.


Contemporary Authors online


The Alphabet Parade.  River City Publishing, 2002.

Animal Tracks:  Wild Poems to Read Aloud.  Harry N. Abrams, 2004.

Animal Trunk:  Silly Poems to Read Aloud.  Harry N. Arams, 1999.

Best of ‘Snickers’, Best of Times, 1994.

Circus Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; Creekwood Press, 1979.

Cockroach (one act play). S.l.; Contemporary Drama Service, 1977.

The Day I Spent the Night in the Shelby County Jail.  Best of Times, 1994.

Divers and Other Poems.  Creekwood Press, 1978.

Dylan the Smokey Dragon.  West and Baker, 2004.

Father Songs. Creekwood Press, 1989.

A Fury of Motion:  Poems for Boys.  Mills Press, 2003.

Good Cats, Bad Cats.  Hyperion, 1992.

Good Dogs, Bad Dogs.  Hyperion, 1992.

Haiku: The Travelers of Eternity.  River City Publishers, 2001.

Halloween Night: Twenty-one Spooktacular Poems.  Running Press Kids, 2003.

I See Fall.  Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books, 2012.

I See Spring.  Picture Window Books, 2012.

I See Summer.  Picture Window Books, 2012.

I See Winter.  Picture Window Books, 2012.

If You Were My Valentine.  Simon and Schuster, 2004.

Little Seeds.  Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books, 2012.

Love Poems.  Crane Hill Publishers, 1999.

Mice are Nice.  Random House, 1999.

My Country:  Children Talk about America.  Crane Hill Publishers, 2003.

Oh My, Pumpkin Pie!  Simon and Schuster, 2005.

One Hundred Shoes: A Math Reader.  Random House, 2003.

Plastic Soup: Dream Poems.  Black Belt, 1999.

Plastic Tears. Philadelphia; Dorrance, 1973.

Returning to Earth.  Livingston University Press, 1989.

Riddle Rhymes.  Hyperion, 1995.

See the Yak-Yak.  Random House, 1999.

Speaking in Tongues:  New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994.  Livingston University Press, 1994.

Stables; the Story of Christmas; Poems and Prints. Birmingham, Ala.; Creekwood Press, 1975.

Strange, Unusual, Gross, & Cool Animals.  New York:  Liberty Street, 2016.

Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose.  Hyperion, 1994.

Wings of Fire.  Druid, 1992.


Christmas Is Coming.  Talewinds, 2000.


Feathers and Steel; the Birmingham Student Poets. Birmingham Student Poets. S.l.; s.n., 19–.


A collection of the papers of Charles Ghigna is held by the De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.



Teacher, writer. Born– January 31, 1938,  in Carter’s Quarter, Ga. Parents– George Manley and Alice Lenell (Searcy) Junkins. Education– Oglethorpe University, 1950; Emory University, 1961; Berry College, B.A., 1961; graduate study, Auburn University. Married– Benjamin Turner Gibbons on August 29, 1964. Children– Two. Taught high school, Dalton, Ga. 1961-1963; elementary school, Marietta, Ga., 1963-1964; Beauregard High School, Lee County, Ala., 1964-1966; elementary school, Huntsville, 1966-1969. Member of the Alabama Library Association, Montgomery Creative Writers. Contributed articles to Old House Journal.  Member Alabama Library Association and Montgomery Creative Writers. Received the Georgia Book of the Year Award for juvenile fiction, 1983, and the Alabama Author Award, 1998.


Contemporary Authors online


Breaking New Ground:  The History of the Autauga Quality Cotton Association.  Black Belt Press, 1993.

The Day the Picture Man Came.  Boyds Mills Press, 2003.

Emma Jo’s Song.  Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2001.

Full Steam Ahead.  Boyds Mills Press, 2002.

Halley.  NewSouth Books, 2014.

Hernando de Soto:  A Search for Gold and Glory.  Crane Hill, 2002.

Hook Moon Light:  Spooky Tales from the Georgia Mountains.  Morrow, 1997.

Horace King:  Bridges to Freedom.  Crane Hill Press, 2002.

King Shoes on Clown Pockets.  Morrow, 1989.

Mama and Me and the Model-T.  Morrow, 1999.

Mighty Close to Heaven. New York; Morrow, 1985.

Mountain Wedding.  Morrow, 1996.

Night in the Barn.  Morrow, 1995.

Some Glad Mornings. New York; Morrow, 1982.



Author; university professor of writing. Born– May 1, 1915, Tuscaloosa. Parents James Booth Gibbons and Anne Walshe Gibbons. Married– Janie Moore. Children– Three. Education– Auburn University, B.S.; University of Alabama, M.A.; Ph. D., Tulane University, 1957. Served in the U.S. Navy, World War II.  Taught English at the University of Alabama, 1943; at Newcomb College, New Orleans,  1957-58; at the University of New Orleans, 1958-1979. Author of many short stories published in national periodicals and anthologies. Awarded a Rosenwald fellowship in creative writing, and an Alfred A. Knopf fiction fellowship.  Died July 25, 1995.


Alabama Librarian, vol. 3.

Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Files at Alabama Public Library Service.


Bright as the Morning. New York; Knopf, 1943.

The Patchwork Time. New York; Knopf, 1948.



Reporter, editor, administrator. Born– September 8, 1899, in Gibson, N.C. Parents– William Ziba and Florence Gibson. Married– Virginia Elizabeth Smith, 1940. Education– University of North Carolina, B.A., 1919; Columbia University, B. Litt., 1921; Certificate of Presence, University of Paris, 1928. Worked as editorial writer, reporter, and editor for various publications in U.S. and Berlin, Germany, 1921-1937; director, division of Public Health and Education of the Alabama State Department of Health, 1937-1954; Research specialist, North Carolina State Board of Health after  1954.  Died July 16, 1966.


Contemporary Authors online.


Physician to the World; the Life of General William C. Gorgas. Durham, N.C.; Duke University Press, 1950.

Soldier in White; the Life of General George Miller Sternberg. Durham, N.C.; Duke University Press, 1958.

Soldier of the Word; the Story of the American Bible Society. New York; Coward, 1961.

Those 163 Days; Southern Account of Sherman’s March from Atlanta to Raleigh. New York; Coward, 1961.



Writer, lecturer; advocate for education. Born– 1860, Greensboro. Parents– Captain Enoch and Sophie E. (Barkley) Sawyer. Married– Henry J. Gielow, February 4, 1880. Children– Two. Published works in several genres–fiction, educational articles, dialect stories, and others. Founder and vice-president of Southern Industrial Education Association, Washington, D.C. which was organized for the purpose of promoting industrial education among Southern Appalachian Mountain white children. Died January 30, 1933.


Marquis who’s who online


Camp Jingles and Songs. Seattle; Ivy Press, 1917.

The Light on the Hill; a Romance. New York; Revell, 1915.

Mammy’s Reminiscences, and Other Sketches. New York; Barnes, 1898.

Old Andy the Moonshiner. Washington, D.C.; Roberts, 1909.

Old Plantation Days. New York; Russell, 1902.

Uncle Sam. New York; Revell, 1913.

The Whispering Fairy; Constructive Stories for Children. Los Angeles; Rowny Press, 1923.



Durham, Frances Gildart Ruffin



Journalist. Born– May 28, 1907, Selma. Parents– Eddy Lanier and Evelyn (King) Gilmore. Married– Tamara Chernashova, July 13, 1943. Children– Three. Education– Studied at Washington and Lee University, 1925-1926; graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1928. News reporter for Atlanta Journal, 1929-1932; Washington Daily News, 1932-1935; Associated Press, 1935-67. Worked for Associated Press in Washington Bureau, 1936-1940; London Bureau, 1940-1941 and 1954-1967; Moscow Bureau, 1941-1954. Lecture tours in America during 1953-1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, and 1966. National Headliners Club Award as best foreign correspondent, 1946; Pulitzer Prize for telegraphic reporting from Moscow, 1947. Died October 6, 1967.


Contemporary Authors, online;  Marquis Who’s Who online; Me and My Russian Wife.


After the Cossacks Burned Down the “Y”. New York; Farrar, Straus, 1964.

Me and My Russian Wife. Garden City, N.J.; Doubleday, 1954.

Troika. London; Sidgwick & Jackson, 1962.

GILMORE, J. HERBERT, JR., 1925-1995


Clergyman. Born– January 7, 1925, Rutledge, Tenn. Parents– Herbert and Mabel (Doyal) Gilmore. Education– Carson-Newman College, B.A., 1945; George Peabody College, M.A., 1949; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.D., 1950; Th.M., 1951; Th.D., 1959; Yale University. Married– Joyce Marie Wade, June 17, 1946. Children– Four. Served as pastor in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Washington, D.C.;  pastor of the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 1968-1970; led a walkout when church would not receive African-American members; formed Baptist Church of the Covenant, Birmingham, and served as its pastor, 1968-1976. Later transferred to the Methodist Church.  Visiting professor at Missouri Valley College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Carver School of Missions and Social Work, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Member of the Academy of Parish Clergy, Society of Biblical Literature, National Conference of Christians and Jews. Died March 23, 1995.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary


The Church and the Nation. New York; Vantage, 1979.

The Cross of Love. New York; Vantage, 1979.

Devotions for the Home. Nashville; Broadman, 1971.

They Chose to Live; the Racial Agony of an American Church. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eerdmans, 1972.

When Love Prevails; a Pastor Speaks to a Church in Crisis. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eerdmans, 1971.



Librarian. Born– December 2, 1898, Eutaw. Parents– William Riddle Ward and Judith Lida Meriwether Ward. Married–Cecil Robertson Glass, May 7, 1924. Children–two. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1920; University of Texas at Denton, B.S. in Library Science, 1950. High school librarian in Marlin, Texas, after 1946. Resident of Eutaw after retirement. Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Texas Library Association, Texas State Teachers Association.  Died December 8, 1993.


Who’s Who in Library Service. 3rd ed., 1955;


Connecticut Yankee in Early Alabama; Julia Bestor Coleman, 1833-1850. Mobile, Ala.; Historical Activities Committee, National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama, 1980.

A Goodly Heritage; Memories of Greene County. Clarksville, Tenn.; Josten’s, 1971.

GLAZE, ANDREW, III, 1920-2016


Journalist; poet; playwright. Born– April 21, 1920, in Nashville, Tenn. ; moved to Birmingham at an early age. Parents– Andrew Louis, Jr., and Mildred (Ezell) Glaze. Education– Harvard College, B.A., 1942; Stanford University, 1946. U.S. Army Air Force, WWII. Married– Dorothy Elliot. Children– Two. Married– Adrianna Keathley, August 12, 1962. Served in U.S. Army Air Force, WWII.  Reporter for Birmingham Post-Herald, 1949-1956; press officer for British Tourist Authority in New York, 1957-82. Free-lance writer after 1982; wrote poetry for periodicals and anthologies. Wrote plays, two of which were produced in New York.  Received the Eunice Tietjens Award from Poetry Magazine, 1951. Runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, 1966.  Best Book of the Year Award from the Southeastern Booksellers Association, 1998.  First recipient of the ABA Online Award, 1998.  Named Alabama poet laureate, 2012. An inaugural inductee into the Alabama Authors Hall of Fame, 2015. Died February 7, 2016.


Contemporary Authors Online.

Tuscaloosa News, 26 July 2012.


Andrew Glaze’s Greatest Hits, 1964-2004.  Pudding House Publications, 2005.

A City. Amherst, Mass.; Swamp Press, 1982.

Damned Ugly Children– Poems. New York; Trident Press, 1966.

I Am the Jefferson County Courthouse, and Other Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; Thunder City Press, 1981.

Lines.  New York; Editions Heraclita, 1964.

A Masque of Surgery. London; Menard, 1974.

Overheard in a Drug Store.  Montgomery:  NewSouth Books, 2015.

Reality Street; Poems. Laurinburg, N.J.; St. Andrews Press, 1991.

Remembering Thunder.  New South Books, 2002.

Someone Will Go on Owing:  New and Selected Poems.  Houston, TX; Ford-Brown, 1988.

The Trash Dragon of Shensi; Poems. Kensington, Calif.; Serendipity Books, 1978.



Chemist, educator. Born–March 30, 1884, Collinsville. Parents–Joseph Virgil and Mary Lucinda Morgan Glazner. Married– Kathleen Sharp, September 2, 1919 (died 1920). Children– One. Married– Ester Mead Coupland, August 19, 1926. Children–one. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1919, M.S.; Peabody College, Ph.D. Chemist in Birmingham; principal of Dadeville High School; professor of science and geography at Jacksonville State Teachers College, 1921-1954; for ten years registrar as well as professor; acting president, 1942. Died September 20, 1960.


Mrs. John Frank Glazner, Jacksonville; Jacksonville State University Library.


Geography of the Great Appalachian Valley of Alabama. Jacksonville, Ala., 1938.



Journalist, writer for children. Born– September 17, 1913, Birmingham. Parents– William C. and Marie (Harrison) Wilson. Married– Richard E. Glendinning. Children– One. Education– Studied at the Sorbonne, 1932; Agnes Scott College, B.A., 1933; Columbia University, B.S.J., 1934. Women’s page editor, Baltimore Evening Sun, 1936-1945; reporter for Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, after 1961. Primarily interested in writing real adventure stories at a first grade vocabulary level. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Received the Florida School Bell Award in 1963, for reporting on schools.  Died November 17, 1993.


Contemporary Authors Online.


Doll; Bottle-nosed Dolphin. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1980.

Gargantua, the Mighty Gorilla. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1974.

Jimmy and Joe Catch an Elephant. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1969.

Jimmy and Joe Find a Ghost. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1969.

Jimmy and Joe Fly a Kite. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1970.

Jimmy and Joe Get a Hen’s Surprise. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1970.

Jimmy and Joe Go to the Fair. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1971.

Jimmy and Joe Have a Real Thanksgiving. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1974.

Jimmy and Joe Look for a Bear. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1970.

Jimmy and Joe Meet a Halloween Witch. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1971.

Jimmy and Joe Save a Christmas Deer. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1973.

Jimmy and Joe See a Monster. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1972.

Little Blue and Rusty. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1980.

Pen, Emperor Penguin. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1980.

Queen Victoria; English Empress. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1970.

Stubby, Brave Soldier Dog. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1978.

Thomas Gainsborough, Artist of England. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1969.


The Ringling Brothers; Circus Family. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1972.

GLENN, MOSES L., 1927-1983


Educator; athletic official. Born–June 22, 1928,  Midway, Bullock County. Parents–Washington L. Glenn and Carrie Penick Glenn. Grandson of former slaves. Education– Valedictorian of high school class; Alabama State University, B.S., M.A. Taught high school mathematics in Montgomery public schools; after ten years teaching, served as educational specialist with Extension Course Institute, Air University, Gunter Air Force Station; certified official for Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. President, Alabama Football Officials’ Association and Central Alabama Basketball Officials’ Association. Died December 16, 1983.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service.


To Shape his Destiny. New York; Vantage Press, 1974.



Military officer; pioneer naval aviator. Born–September 15, 1897, Centreville. Parents– Cato D. and Emma S. Glover. Married–Ellen Manning Williams, November 8, 1924.  Children–three. Education– Studied at Marion Institute and University of Alabama; graduate of United States Naval Academy; graduate work at the Naval Academy; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., 1931. Distinguished naval career from 1919 until his retirement in 1957, achieving rank of admiral. Served in Paris and Lisbon; executive officer of the U.S.S. Saratoga, participated in invasions of Guadalcanal, Palau, and Leyte; deputy commander-in-chief of Allied forces in the Mediterranean and later, deputy commander. After retirement, president of Marion Institute. Awarded many military decorations, including the Bronze Star, the Navy Cross, French Legion of Honor, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Died November 5, 1988.


Files at Centreville, Ala., Public Library.


Crest of the Wave. New York; Vantage Press, 1974.

GLYNN, ROBERT L., 1913-1983


Administrator. Born– April 19, 1913, Birmingham. Parents– Arthur and Fannie Bell (Banks) Glynn. Married– Ila Newell, April 18, 1941. Education– Graduate of Alabama State University, 1938. After 1952, employee of Tuscaloosa Housing Authority, serving as assistant executive director, 1969-1982. After 1976, vice-chairman of Board of Trustees of Alabama State University. Active in Hunter’s Chapel AME Zion Church; member of boards or committees of the YMCA, American Red Cross, United Negro College Fund, and several other organizations. Instrumental in establishment of Benjamin Barnes Branch of YMCA, Tuscaloosa. Alabama State University, LL.D., 1980. Awards from YMCA, Boy Scouts, American Legion, Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Died 1983.


Ila Newell Glynn, Tuscaloosa.


“How Firm a Foundation”; a History of the First Black Church in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Friends of Hunter’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1976.


“When I Get Home” (words and music). Copyrighted and performed on CBS in 1941.



Educator. Born– May 22, 1923, Gadsden. Parents– Lafayette and Virginia Allen (Gould) Kent. Married– George Goddard, May 15, 1943. Children– Two. Education– Talladega College, A.B., 1942; San Jose State University, M.A., 1973; further study at the University of the Pacific. Taught English in Gadsden, 1942-1943; San Jose, Calif., Unified School District, 1957-1969; coordinator of Black studies, 1969-1972; after 1977, manager of the professional development center in the San Jose school system; instructor on extension faculty at San Jose State College, 1967-1975; College of Notre Dame, Belmont, Calif., 1968-1978; California State University at Hayward after 1978. Consultant to various schools and colleges. President of G-4 Development Services, Inc. Died June 2, 2010.


Who’s Who in the West, 1980; Living Black American Authors.


Black History Booklet Using Inquiry Method. Reading, Mass.; Addison Wesley, 1972.


What It Is; an Anthology of Black Literature. New York; McGraw, 1971.


American English Today; Teachers Manual. New York; McGraw, 1970.



Genealogist. Born– February 4, 1920, Marengo Co. Parents– Ferm Wood and Sadie Alston (Spurlin) Ham. Married– Samuel Godfrey, October 15, 1941. Children– Three. Education– Study at Judson College, 1938; New College, University of Alabama. Qualified instructor in genealogy. After 1969, treasurer and office manager, Eufaula Pulpwood Co. Editor of the publication, Historic Eufaula. Member, Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of American Revolution.  Died December 17, 1983.


Who’s Who in Genealogy and Heraldry, Vol. 1, 1981.


Early Settlers of Barbour County, Alabama. 2 vols. Eufaula, Ala.; Author, 1972.

Rural Land Owners of Barbour County, Alabama, 1851. Eufaula, Ala.; M. H. Godfrey, 1981?



Journalist, writer; composer.  Born– June 18, 1937, Birmingham. Parents– Mose Winston and Kathleen (Krahenbuhl) Godwin. Married– Douglas Kennedy, 1960; married– Ian Marshall, July 17, 1965. Education– University of North Carolina, B.A.; University of Iowa, M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1971. Worked for Miami Herald, 1959-1960; U.S. Embassy in London and U.S. Travel Service, 1962-1965; editorial assistant, Saturday Evening Post, 1966. Taught at University of Iowa, 1967-1971; fellow, University of Illinois Center for Advanced Studies, Champaign-Urbana, 1971-72. Free-lance writer after 1972. Guggenheim fellowship, 1975-1976. Librettist for several musical works by Robert Starer. Member, Authors League of America, Modern Language Association, PEN, and Authors Guild.  National Book Award Nominee three times; American Book Awards Nominee twice; Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award; Alabama Library Association Authors Award, 1979.  Honorary doctorates from UNC (1987), University of the South (1994). and SUNY (1996).


Contemporary Authors online


Anna Margarita’s Will. Concord, N.H.; William B. Ewert, 1984.

Dream Children– Stories. New York; Knopf, 1976.

Evenings at Five.  New York;  Ballantine, 2003.

Evensong.  New York:  Ballantine, 1999.

Father Melancholy’s Daughter. New York; Morrow, 1991.

The Finishing School. New York; Viking, 1985.

Flora.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Glass People. New York; Knopf, 1972.

The Good Husband.  New York: Ballantine, 1994.

Heart:  A Personal Journey through its Myths and Meanings.  New York:  Morrow, 2001.

A Mother and Two Daughters. New York; Viking, 1982.

Mr. Bedford and the Muses. New York; Viking Press, 1983.

The Odd Woman. New York; Knopf, 1974.

The Perfectionists.  New York:  Harper, 1970.

Publishing:  A Writer’s Memoir.  New York:  Bloomsbury, 2015.

Queen of the Underworld.  New York:  Random House, 2006.

A Southern Family. New York; Morrow, 1987.

Unfinished Desires.  New York;  Random House, 2009.

Violet Clay. New York; Knopf, 1978.


Anna Margarita’s Will.  C.R.I., 1980.

Apollonia.  Minneapolis, 1979.

The Ideal Self …. Melville, N.Y.; MCA Music, 1983.

Journals of a Songmaker.  Pittsburgh, 1976.

Remembering Felix.  Spectrum, 1989.

The Last Lover (Pelagia); a Musical Morality Play. Melville, N.Y.; MCA Music, 1977.



Historian; university professor, administrator. Born– September 29, 1917, Birmingham. Parents– Clarence Johnson and Louise (Thornbury) Going. Married– Dora Alice Henley, August 21, 1954. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1938, M.A., 1940; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1947. Taught history and served as associate dean of men, University of Alabama, 1942-1957; professor of history, University of Houston, 1957-1980 ( acting dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Houston, 1974-75). Member, Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa. Founding member, Birmingham Southern Endowment Builders. Awarded emeritus status at the University of Houston on retirement, 1980. Died March 28, 2000.

Source: Who’s Who in America, 1980.


Bourbon Democracy in Alabama, 1874-1890. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1951.


Writing Southern HIstory:  Essays in Historiography in Honor of Fletcher M. Green.  Baton Rouge:  LSU Press, 1966.



University professor, administrator. Born– June 3, 1915, Birmingham. Parents– Clarence Johnson and Louise (Thornbury) Going. Married– Margaret Moorer. Education– University of Alabama, A.B. with honors, 1936; Duke University, M.A., 1938; University of Michigan, Ed.D., 1954. Taught English in Birmingham city schools; University of Alabama, 1939-1957;  professor of English, Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1957-1990. Rhodes Scholar-elect from Alabama, 1938. Member, advisory board of Alton Memorial Hospital Nursing School, Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Language Association of America, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Beta Kappa. Awarded emeritus status at SIUE on his retirement in 1990.  Endowed fellowship for faculty at SIUE is named in his honor. Died September 7, 2008.


Who’s Who in America, 1980; SIUE website


Essays on Alabama Literature. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1975.

Scanty Plot of Ground; Studies in the Victorian Sonnet. The Hague, Netherlands; Mouton, 1976.


On Harper Lee:  Essays and Reflection.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007.

GOODRUM, JOHN C., 1918-2004


Engineer. Born– March 10, 1918, in Vicksburg, Ms. Parents– John C. and Josephine (Beaufort) Goodrum. Married– Sarah Grace Bratton, May 22, 1948.  Children–two. Education– Mississippi State University, B.S., 1939; State University of Iowa, M.S., 1941. Employed as an engineer, Canal Zone, 1940-1941; Vicksburg, 1946-1958; director, IE division of Army Ballistic Missile Agency at Redstone Arsenal, 1958-1960; program manager, Honest John Missile System, AMC, Redstone Arsenal, 1960-1962; director of Saturn System, NASA, 1962-1963; director of project logistics office, 1963-1969; director of advanced program support office, 1969-. Edited Logistics Spectrum Journal, 1971.  Died November 25, 2004.


Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, 1975.


Now You See It. New York; Didier, 1946.

Wernher von Braun, Space Pioneer. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode Publishers, 1968.


Rivers of Alabama. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode Publishers, 1969.



Writer; professor of English. Born– October 20, 1943, in Pennsylvania; spent his childhood in Alabama. Parents– Claudius Lee and Jeanette Lucy Goodwin. Married–Lucia Stanton, June 16, 1964.  Children–one.  Education– Harvard University, B.A., 1965; University of Virginia, M.A., 1969.  US Army, 1966-68. Instructor at Washington and Lee University, 1969-73; assistant professor, Bryn Mawr College, 1973-78; professor, George Mason University, 1979- .  Director of Literature Program, National Endowment for the Arts, for two years.  PEN/Faulkner Foundation, cofounder, president. Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1973.


Contemporary Authors online; George Mason University website


The Blood of Paradise. New York; Dutton, 1979.

Breaking her Fall.  Harcourt, 2003.

Dream Gold.  Algonquian Books of Chapel Hill, 2006.

The Greatest Masters and Golf’s Elite.  Harper and Rowe, 1988.

Kin. New York; Harper & Row, 1975.



Physician; Military officer. Born– October 3, 1854, Mobile. Parents– Josiah and Amelia (Gayle) Gorgas. Married– Marie Cook Doughty, September 15, 1885. Children– One. Education– B.S., University of the South, 1875; Bellevue Medical College, 1879. Appointed surgeon in Army Medical Corps, 1880. Having survived an attack of yellow fever in Texas, he was immune to the disease and was often stationed at posts where it was prevalent. As chief sanitation officer of Havana in 1901, acting upon Walter Reed’s demonstration of the transmission of yellow fever by the mosquito, destroyed breeding places and halted the epidemic. Became chief sanitary officer for the Panama Canal project in 1904 and succeeded in eliminating yellow fever from the Canal Zone within a year. In 1914, promoted to brigadier general and appointed Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Retired in 1918 with rank of major general. Served as president of the American Medical Association. Accorded honors by many organizations and nations; knighted by King George V in 1920. Died July 3, 1920.


Webster’s American Dictionary, 1979; National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 32.


A Few General Directions with Regard to Destroying Mosquitos [sic.]. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1904.

Inspection of Medical Services with American Expeditionary Forces. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1919.

Journal of William C. Gorgas, Chairman, Yellow Fever Commission. S.l.; s.n., 1919-1920.

Results Obtained in Havana from the Destruction of the Stegomyia Facciata Infection by Yellow Fever. Havana, Cuba; s.n., 1902.

Sanitation in Panama. New York; D. Appleton, 1915.

Yellow Fever; a Composition of Various Publications. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1911.



Health services administrator. Born– October 10, 1911, Birmingham. Parents– Beauregard and Ethel Therese (Jungill) Miller. Married– Thomas C. Gorman, April 11, 1939. Children– Two. Education– Study at Howard College, 1928-1929; Rollins College, A.B., 1932; graduate work at Washington University, 1937; Tulane University, 1959. Health services administrator in Birmingham; director of Birmingham Mental Health Association.  Helped found Head Start in Birmingham. First prize for playwriting from Florida Allied Arts Contest, 1932; novel prize from Alabama Writers Conclave, 1953. Member, Alabama Historical Association, Jefferson County Child Development Council Service Club, Mental Health Association, Phi Mu, Zonta. Died March 2, 2002.


Who’s Who of American Women, 1977.


History of the Juvenile Delinquency Research Project in Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Jefferson County Association for Mental Health, 1976.

Red Acres. Birmingham, Ala.; Vulcan Press, 1956.