Honorary distinction in The Blackburn Society is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions to leadership in service to the mission and purpose of the Blackburn Institute. Service may be to the state of Alabama, the United States, The University of Alabama, or the Blackburn Institute itself. Individual selected for The Blackburn Society are from among nominations approved by the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board, the Division of Student Affairs, and The University of Alabama. Individuals in The Blackburn Society are invited to participate in Blackburn Institute events and attend meetings of the Advisory Board, but they are neither required to contribute financially to the institute nor eligible to vote on institute affairs.

Members of The Blackburn Society


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Mr. Bill Baxley


Gloria Blackburn

Mrs. Gloria Blackburn


Cheree Causey

Dr. Cheree Causey


Dr. Kathleen Cramer


Bradley Davidson

Mr. Bradley Davidson


David Donaldson

Mr. David Donaldson


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Mr. David Ellwanger


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Mr. Jim Hayes

(deceased)


Michael House

Mr. Michael House


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Dr. Sandral Hullett


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Mrs. Ann Jones


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Dr. Harry Knopke


F. David Mathews

Dr. F. David Mathews


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Dr. Gaylon McCollough


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Mrs. Susan McCollough


Marjorie Kay Nix

Mrs. Marjorie Kay Nix


William O’Connor

Mr. William O’Connor


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Mr. Donald Ray Pate, Jr.


Carol Patterson

Mrs. Carol Patterson


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Mr. Donald Patterson

(deceased)


Tom Patterson

Mr. Tom Patterson


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Mrs. Beverly Phifer


Holly Piper

Mrs. Holly Piper


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Dr. Malcolm Portera


Julia Smeds Roth

Mrs. Julia Smeds Roth


John D. Saxon

Mr. John D. Saxon


Bobbie Siegal

Mrs. Bobbie Siegal


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Mr. Don Siegal

(deceased)


Donald Stewart

Mr. Donald Stewart


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Mrs. Connie Stockham


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Mr. Leonard Stolar


Louise Thibodaux

Dr. Louise Thibodaux


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Mr. Edgar Welden