Harlan Cross Meredith, 1920-2006



Harlan Cross Meredith, 1920-2006


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Young Men's Christian Association (Tuscaloosa, AL)


Harlan Meredith was born in Tuscaloosa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Meredith. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1937 and from the University of Alabama's School of Commerce and Business Administration in 1941. He served in World War II as a naval officer in the South Pacific and was discharged with the rank of Lt. Commander after approximately five years of active duty.

Meredith was engaged in the insurance business for more than 53 years. He was a partner with his father and later with his brother in the family firm, Owen Meredith & Sons and later with the Duckworth-Morris Agency. He served as president of the Insurance Agents of Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Association of Insurance Agents and the Alabama Chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and for several years as a director of the National Association of Insurance Agents.

Meredith was also active in community affairs and received many special awards for his outstanding efforts. He chaired the YMCA New Building Committee that resulted in a modern new central facility and served as president at the time of its opening. He was also instrumental in building the Benjamin Barnes branch of the YMCA and in the acquisition of land for expanded day camp programs known as Y’s Acres. Meredith’s leadership was also instrumental in the completion of the family life center at First Presbyterian Church along with the expansion of one of the finest pre-school training centers in the community. He was an active member of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, the United Fund of Tuscaloosa County, and the Exchange Club.

Mr. Meredith served as state chairman for the establishment of a Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Alabama, the effort resulting in passage of legislation which established the school.

He was named Tuscaloosa County’s Citizen of the Year in 1967. In 2005, he was inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

He was married to Mary Anne Norton Meredith and had two daughters, Anne and Mary Kate.

Tuscaloosa News, July 13, 2006 and Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

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4.5 inches by 6.5 inches

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