He attended Washington & Lee University, graduating in 1911 while Dr. George Denny was its President. He commenced the study of law at W & L, but when Dr. Denny became President of the University of Alabama, young Roderick transferred to Alabama and received his law degree there in 1913. He practiced law with his father until the day his father died in 1924 in a courtroom after collapsing while trying a case with his son.
Roderick Beddow had a general law practice but his great reputation came in the area of criminal defense. He was known as the “Perry Mason” of Birmingham because of his honesty, tenacity, and success. He worked hard and prepared his cases well. As his reputation grew, he tried cases in approximately 15 states and practically every county in Alabama.
Mr. Beddow was recognized by his peers for his high ethical standards and for his leadership. He served as President of the Birmingham Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar. In 1933 he was elected President of Lions International and in that capacity represented the organization throughout the United States and in foreign countries.
Roderick Beddow, Sr. died in Birmingham on September 13, 1978 at the age of 89. He was a successful attorney, a mentor to several generations of lawyers, and a respected civic leader who took a keen interest in the life of his community. The lawyers of Alabama are proud to induct him into the Alabama Lawyers’ Hall of Fame.