Alabama Academy of Honor


Kenneth R. Daniel

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1982 and 2009.



Kenneth Rule Daniel, business and railroad executive, was born October 13, 1913 at Milford,Connecticut. He earned the bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama, 1936 and the professional degree, Mechanical Engineering, 1937. He was named Sequicentennial Honorary Professor by the University of Alabama in 1981.

He served at Lt. Colonel, AUS, 1941-1946 and was decorated with the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit,and the Croix de Guerre (France).

He joined the American Cast Iron and Pipe Company, 1936-1941, was appointed Chief Engineer, 1948, Vice President of Engineering, 1955, Vice President, Engineering and Purchases, 1959, Executive Vice President, 1961, and President, 1963. He retired on October 31, 1978. He was Director Emeritus of CSX (holding company for Seaboard Coast Line); and was affiliated with several railroads; is former Director of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad; served as President of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce; was a Director of the First Alabama Bank of Birmingham, the American Iron and Steel Institute, 1968-1978, National Association of Manufacturers, 1967-197?, and Associated Industries of Alabama, 1966-1978.

His civic activities included Alabama Heart Association, Community Chest-United Way, Salvation Army, Jefferson-Shelby Lung Association, Jefferson County Cooper Green Hospital, Jefferson County Junior Achievement, Trustees of the Birmingham Symphony Association, and the Boy Scouts of America.

He was a Trustee of the Southern Research Institute, Birmingham and member of the Board of Visitors, Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia. In 1977 he was awarded the Henry Laurence Gantt Memorial Medal by the American Management Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a member of: Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Theta Tau, Tau Beta Pi and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the South and Southwest. His other awards include, National Managment Hall of Fame: 1987, Pangborn Medal by the American Foundyman Society: 1974, and the Paladium Medal by the National Audubonn Society; 1986.

Kenneth Rule Daniel married Virginia Moody Simpson and they have four sons: Kenneth Rule, Jr.; Cullen Coleman, Robert Tennent Simpson and William Francis McKennie.

Kenneth R. Daniel died July 1, 2008.