Five Alabamians inducted into Honor Academy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Alabama Academy of Honor welcomes five new members to its ranks.

Since 1965, the Academy has recognized Alabamians who make a difference. The 100-member group includes six living governors and others from various fields.

“It exists to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference,” Governor Ivey said at the ceremony.

The inductees include former Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, Sue Bell Cobb. She currently runs Redemption Earned, Inc., a non-profit organization providing free legal assistance to incarcerated people.

“We work to identify worthy elderly and infirm inmates and to help them gain parole,” Cobb said.

The second inductee is Mr James Gorrie, Chief Operating Officer of Birmingham-based construction company Brasfield & Gorrie.

“In our purpose statement our company is to build strong communities. It’s more than a job,” Gorrie said.

Richard Myers is the scientific director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. Under his leadership, it was recognized as one of the best scientific genetic institutions in the country.

“The Hudson Alpha Institute has had an impact on discoveries about life, and it’s not just humans, it’s agriculture, plants and animals, all kinds of important things to understand but also to do something,” Myers said.

Sarah Patterson was head coach of the University of Alabama gymnastics team for 36 years. She also created the Power of Pink initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer.

“In Tuscaloosa, we’ve raised over $3 million for women in need in the fight against breast cancer,” Patterson said.

Finally, Timothy Vines: President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

“We have been recognized for the past two years as the largest company contributor to the United Way campaign for the entire state of Alabama,” Vines said.

Other Academy members include Nick Saban, Condoleezza Rice and Lionel Richie.


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