Alabama Academy of Honor


Mary George Jordan Waite

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



Mary Jordan Waite, banker, civic and religious leader, was born August 8, 1918 at Centre in Cherokee County. She graduated from Cherokee County High School,1935, from Huntingdon Collegewith a bachelor of arts degree, 1939, and from the School of Banking of the South, Louisiana State University, 1960.

She taught English and served as librarian, Cherokee County High School, Centre, 1952-1957; was elected a Director of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, Centre, 1953; President and Chairman of the Board, since 1957, and was a member of the Executive Board, Investors Fidelity Insurance Company. She was a member of the Alabama Pensions and Security Board since 1966, was a member of the Governor's Industrial Committee of 100, was National Chairman Girls State, 1965, was Co-Director of Girls Nation, 1966, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Alabama Hall of Fame for Women. She is a Trustee of: E. L. Darden Student Loan Foundation, Snead College, and the Alabama School of Trades.

She was active with: the Centre Chamber of Commerce President, State American Legion Auxiliary 1956, Alabama Federation Womens Clubs, Finance Chairman, Red Cross,1960, and a member of the Board of Directors of Alabama, 4-H Foundation. In 1961, she was named one of the twelve most outstanding bank women in the U.S.A. and was named the Woman of the Year of Business and Professional Women, 1961-1962. She served as Treasurer of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, 1962-1963. She was awarded the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, LL.D., Huntingdon College, 1974. She was active in the Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher, assistant organist, and as a member of the Board of Stewards.

On August 21, 1940, Mary George Jordan married Daniel Webster Waite, Jr. and they had two daughters: Dimple Elizabeth and Mary Diane. Mrs. Waite is now deceased.