2012 Banquet Speaker Albert Brewer

Albert BrewerAlbert Preston Brewer was born on October 26, 1928, in Bethel Springs, Tennessee. His family moved to Decatur, Alabama in 1935 where Albert attended public school. During his years at Decatur Senior High School (Riverside), Albert desired to play football for the Decatur Red Raiders. After several days of practice Coach H.L. "Shorty" Ogle advised Albert that he was too small to play high school football. Coach suggested to Albert that he become one of the team managers. He served as team manager during the 1945-46 seasons.

After graduating from Decatur Senior High School, Albert earned two degrees from the University of Alabama. He served Morgan County in the House of Representative and was elected Speaker of the House in his third term at the age of 34 - the youngest person in the state's history to attain that position.

He served as governor 1968-1971. Three of his greatest contributions to the state were in education, technology, and industrial growth. Today, he serves as emeritus professor of law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Because of his exemplary service to the state of Alabama, The Judson College Board of Trustees voted to confer on Brewer the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.