BOSWELL, CHARLES A., 1916-1995


Insurance agent; public official; golfer and advocate for opening the game to blind golfers.. Born– December 22, 1916, Birmingham. Parents– Roscoe Albert and Ethel Toler Boswell. Married–Kathryn Lacey, 1942.  Children–three. Education:  University of Alabama, 1940. Played football for the University of Alabama for three years before he joined the Army in 1942. Wounded in battle in November 1944 and lost his sight; retired from the Army in 1946. Founded the Boswell Insurance Agency in Birmingham in Birmingham. Served as Alabama Commissioner of Public Revenue, 1971-79. Although he never played golf before losing his vision, he won the U.S. Blind Golfers’ Association championship thirteen times.  Received the Ben Hogan award from the Golf Writers Association of America, 1958, received the distinguished American award from the Football Foundation Hall of Fame, 1965; elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 1972; awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award by the Commission on Employment of the Handicapped.  A member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Blind Golfers Association Hall of Fame,  2007. Chairman of the Board of the Hellen Keller Eye Research Foundation, 1990-95; founded the Charley Boswell Celebrity Golf Classic (Birmingham); president of the U.S. Blind Golfers Association, 1956-76.  Died October 22, 1995.


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