BIDGOOD, LEE, 1884-1963


Economist; university professor and administrator. Born– February 2, 1884, Norfolk County, Va. Married–Emily Mary Smith.  Children– Four. Education– Churchland Academy, Virginia; University of Virginia, B.A., M.A. Served as a fellow, assistant instructor, and instructor at the University of Wisconsin for four years; named professor of economics at the University of Alabama in 1913. Instrumental in the establishment of the University of Alabama school of Commerce and Business Administration; served as its first dean, 1919-1954. Served as interim president of the University of Alabama, 1953. Member American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business; Southern Economic Association; Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary. Honors; Honorary degrees from the University of Alabama, New York University, University of Virginia, and Columbia University. Elected to the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 1977.  Bidgood Hall, the main building of the UA School of Commerce and Business Administration, is named in his honor. Died May 1, 1963.


Files at the Alabama Public Library Service and obituary in the Birmingham News, May 19, 1963.


American Economy; Outline, References and Questions. University, Ala.; Weatherford Pub. Co., 1920.

American Society; Outline, References and Topics. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Weatherford Press Co., 1920.

Collegiate Education for Business.  University of Alabama, 1954.

Lectures on American Economy.Ann Arbor: Edwards Broterhs, 1922.

Our Government. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, Extension Division, 1920.

Transition in Alabama: A Study.  Alabama Business Research Council.  University of Alabama Prss, 1962.


American Society:  An Introduction to Sociology.  University of Alabama, 1933.

The First Exploration of the Trans-Allegheny Region by the Virginians, 1650-1674. Cleveland; A. H. Clark, 1912.

Introductory Sociology; a Study of American Society. New York; Prentice-Hall, 1939.