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John A. Caddell (1910 - 2006)
John A. Caddell (1910 - 2006)
John A. Caddell was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama on April 23, 1910.  His family soon thereafter moved to Decatur.  John was educated in the Decatur public schools, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1931, and received a law degree from Alabama in 1933.  He began his practice of law in Decatur which did not end until his death on February 7, 2006.

Throughout his career Caddell was an outstanding lawyer and a dedicated public servant.  His skill and knowledge of the law were recognized locally and state-wide as he represented individual, corporate, and governmental clients.

John Caddell was a leader in his community.  He worked to expand local health facilities, hospice programs, stronger support for education, industrial development, and efforts to improve and strengthen racial and community relations.  He was recognized for his work with the United Way of Morgan County, the Morgan County Minority Development Association, and the Decatur Board of Education by the naming of an elementary school in his honor.

He was also a recognized leader throughout the state.  He served 25 years on the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.  He was National President of the University of Alabama Alumni Association.  For a brief time he served as interim President of the University of Alabama when then University President Dr. David Mathews became a member of President Gerald Ford’s cabinet.

And John Caddell served his profession as a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners from 1939 to 1954, the Board of Bar Examiners from 1950 to 1951, and as Alabama State Bar President from 1951 to 1952.  He was also a founding member of the Farrah Law Society and the University of Alabama Law School Foundation.

John A. Caddell served his state, his community, his profession, and his fellow man.  As his nominator for the Hall of Fame stated, he strove for “compassion and excellence in all things”.  He accepted the honor and privilege of practicing law with its corresponding obligations of honesty, dedication, and service.

 

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