Alabama Academy of Honor


Bernard Andrew Monaghan, Jr.

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1978.



Bernard Andrew Monaghan, Jr., a Jefferson County attorney and corporation executive, was born in Birmingham, January 28, 1916, son of Bernard Andrew and Mary Frances (Jackson) Monaghan. His academic career included a bachelor of arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1934 where he was affiliated with the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, and a bachelor of laws degree from Harvard University in 1937. He was a Rhodes Scholar to New College, Oxford University in 1939 where he received a second bachelor of arts degree.

He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1937 and is also a member of the Birmingham Bar Association. In 1939 he joined the law firm of White, Bradley, Arant, Al and Rose, and predecessor firms. After service in World War II as a captain in the United States Marine Corps, he rejoined the law flrm in 1945 and became a partner in 1948. For a two year interim he was appointed counselor for the Department of the Army in 1952.

Mr. Monaghan joined the Vulcan Materials Company in 1958 as Executive Vice President and was named president in 1959 and Chairman of the Executive Committee in 1977. He held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. His other business interests included his being a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive and Audit and Compensation Committees of the Beatrice Foods Company, Chicago. He was a member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the-South Central Bell Company, Birmingham; Director for the International Executive Service Corporation of New York, member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Protective Life Insurance Company of Birmingham; Board of Directors for the Birmingham Trust National Bank and member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Research Institute as well as being on its Executive Committee.

He was instrumental in the educational field serving on the Board of Governors, Indian Springs School, Helena, Alabama; on the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Committee to select the president in 1975 for Saint Bernard College in Cullman; Board of Trustees, Birmingham-Southern College; Board of Governors for the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and on the Advisory Committee for the Saint Vincents Hospital School of Nursing.

Active in fund raising for civic causes, Mr. Monaghan was class agent for the 1956 fund raising campaign, chairman of the 1967 Ford Foundation Matching Grant Campaign for Birmingham-Southern College; agent for the Harvard Law School Fund from 1956 to 1960; Board of Directors for the Birmingham Community Chest,1960,1962 to 1966; Chairman, Special Gifts Campaign for the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Alabama Region in 1961 and 1963; Director and Chairman of the 1959 Christmas Seals Campaign for the Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Birmingham; chairman of the 1965 Foundation Committee of the Rotary Club of Birmingham; member of the Board of Directors of the Baptist Hospital Foundation; United Negro College Fund as the corporate chairman of the Birmingham Area 1977 Campaign; member of the Alabama Rhodes Scholarship Committee since 1949 and its Secretary in 1972; member of the Steering Committee for the Samford University's 1970 Decisive Years Campaign.

His other civic interests included: participation as a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Alabama Heart Hospital; Board of Directors of the Birmingham Committee of 100, Board of Directors of the Alabama State Chamber of Commerce, Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Trustees of the Ireland Foundation of Birmingham; Chairman of the Jefferson County Survey Committee in 1950 to 1952; member of the National Executive Committee and Chairman of the Birmingham Executive Committee for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency; Board of Directors of the National Institute for Public Affairs, Washington, D. C., 1967 to 1973; Board of Directors for the Birmingham Urban League,1968 to 1974.

A leader of cultural affairs in Birmingham, he was a member of Trustees for the Birmingham Civic Ballet, Birmingham Symphony Association, the Rushton Lectures of Birmingham, and member of the Newcomen Society. Mr. Monaghan's abilities were rewarded by many honors. He was given both the Meritorious Civilian Service and Exceptional Civilian Service medals by the U. S. Department of War; the 1972 Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He was cited for his outstanding service as a member of the Citizens Committee, Jefferson County's Alabama Survey of Health, Welfare and Recreation by the Jefferson County Coordinating Council of Social Forces; he received the 1967 Gold Knight of Management Award from the National Management Association.

In 1967 he was awarded the Doctor of Humanities honorary degree from Birmingham- Southern College. During his earlier career, Mr. Monaghan received the Sears Prize for the Best Legal Brief granted by the Harvard Law Review in 1936, and holds the Phi Beta Kappa Key. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his participation in World War II.

He was a member of the Mountain Brook Club and the Downtown Club of Birmingham; the Chicago Club of Chicago and the University Club of New York. His hobbies were reading, hiking and fishing.

Mr. Monaghan was married to the former Mary Jackson Hughes and had a daughter, Margaret Rushton Monaghan by his late wife, Margaret (Rushton) Monaghan. He is now deceased.