Alabama Academy of Honor


Frank Edward Spain

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1973.



Frank Edward Spain was born in Memphis, Tennessee, October 11, 1891, graduated from Southern University, A.B., 1910, and from the University of Alabama, LL.B. In 1913. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Phi Beta Kappa. During World War I he served as an artillery officer.

As well as being senior member of the law firm of Spain, Gillon, Grooms, and Young, he was connected in an executive or directory capacity with a number of major business and community activities including Vice President-General Counsel, Library National Life Insurance Company; Vice President-General Counsel, Bankers Fire and Marine Insurance Company; General Counsel, Dinkler Hotels Co.; Director, Jackson Industries, Inc.; Appeal Chairman, Jefferson County Community and War Chest Drives, 1943; Chairman, Alabama War Chest, 1945; President, Jefferson County Community Chest, 1946-47; Director of White Douglas Home; Member, Advisory Council, Southern Research Institute; President, Alabama Motorist Association, 1930-1941 -- these are simply indicative of the many efforts of service that were a part of his life. He served as director and president of the Birmingham Rotary Club, as district governor and as president of Rotary International.

As well as giving of himself, his time and energy, he was generous with gifts to the University Medical Center, the Eye Foundation Hospital; the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches and the city of Birmingham. He is now deaceased.