Alabama Academy of Honor


Frank McCorkle Moody

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1991.



Frank McCorkle Moody was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on September 25, 1915, the son of Frank Maxwell Moody and Sara McCorkle Moody.

Frank Moody attended grammar school in Tuscaloosa and high school at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1937. He also did graduate work at Duke University's Finance School and Rutgers University's Craduate School of Banking. Frank Moody served his country duringWorld War II in the United States Air Corps from 1941 to 1945. He was separated from the service with the rank of captain.

His marriage to the late Louise Morrissette Moody blessed his home with four children, and his second marriage to Gloria Thomas Moody brought into his home an additional two children. The Moodys are the grandparents of four.

Upon graduation from college, Frank Moody chose banking as his career. He went to work for the First National Bank of Tuscaloosa, and as a result of ability and hard work, he soon began receiving promotions. By 1956 the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Tuscaloosa elected him president. In 1970 he was made Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. In 1987 Mr. Moody retired from his post as Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of Tuscaloosa, but he was elected Chairman Emeritus by that institution's successor AmSouth Bank of Tuscaloosa.

During these years in the banking profession, he filled many positions of leadership affecting the state of Alabama's economy, among them being president of the Alabama Bankers Association. Nevertheless, he always managed to have time and the desire to serve in civic, cultural, education, and religious programs. Along the way he served as president of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Druid City Elospital. a member of the University of Alabama's President's Cabinet, and president and chairman of the Tuscaloosa United Fund Drive. Mr. Moody served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Power Company, R.L. Zeigler Company, Creative Display Inc., and as a Trustee of Stillman College. He received the BPW Number One Boss Award in 1957, Tuscaloosa Citizen of the Year Award in 1958, and the Community Builder Award in 1970.

In 1979 he was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, and in 1986 Stillman College honored him with a Doctor of Human Letters Degree. He was also the possessor of the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Beaver Award.

Frank Moody and his family have an enviable record of support of higher education. Recently the Moody interest and the Moody family contributed generously to the magnificent Moody Music Building that helps beautify the campus of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Mr. Moody is now deceased.