Carl W. Albright, Jr., 1944-1997

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Carl W. Albright, Jr., 1944-1997


Civic leaders


Carl Albright lived a life of meaning, commitment, and service - and excellence marked all of his endeavors. From home life to the workplace, from the church to the courtroom, from the chamber of commerce to the boy scouts, from giving to encouraging – Carl Albright’s impact and influence permeated his beloved community.

Born April 27, 1944 in Birmingham, Carl was reared in Tuscaloosa. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School, the University of Alabama with a degree in aerospace engineering, and from the University of Alabama Law School with his juris doctorate.

An effective attorney, Carl earned his business reputation and influence as an outstanding banker, serving in various capacities with First National Bank of Tuscaloosa, rising to the office of president of AmSouth Bank. His impact in banking was also seen across the state as a strong leader in the Alabama Banker’s Association.

However, it was his model of civic responsibility and leadership in the economic arena that earned Carl community-wide respect. He served in virtually all of the key civic and community leadership roles during his lifetime, including serving as chairman or president of: Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, DCH foundation, Stillman College’s board of trustees and the Stillman Foundation, United Way, the Tuscaloosa Port Authority, the University of Alabama Law School Alumni Association and President’s Cabinet, Tuscaloosa Bar Association, and a host of other key roles.

His economic leadership was key to Tuscaloosa’s development during the 1980’s and 1990’s, as Tuscaloosa became a global economic leader. Carl’s strategic thinking, vision, and determination contributed directly to successes, such as JVC America, Tuscaloosa Steel (now Nucor) and of course, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. He also played an important role in the establishment of Tuscaloosa’s sister city partnership with Narashino City, Japan.

A compassionate leader, Carl Albright also left a legacy of service through many other community agencies and service organizations, such as family counseling services, Indian Rivers Mental Health Center, YMCA, boy scouts, and the American Heart Association. A dedicated and faithful leader of First Presbyterian Church, Carl was an elder and chairman of the board of deacons, and at the time of his death in 1997, he was providing essential leadership for the renovation of his beloved church.

A man of deep and abiding faith, Carl Albright promoted the public good in everything he did. He was a visionary, who strived for a better Tuscaloosa, a better Alabama and a better world for all citizens. He viewed his civic leadership as a calling and a responsibility to serve.

In 2006, he was inducted posthumously into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

Material from the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama was used in this description.


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