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DNA of a Southern Boy

Albert J. Smith, Jr. grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. A U.S. Navy veteran, he graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1947 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at API he met and later married the love of his life, Jule Collins. For their fiftieth wedding anniversary he donated the lead gift to build Auburn University’s art museum, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, in her name. In his book “DNA of a Southern Boy,” Mr. Smith writes of his family’s and his own personal struggles that runs the gamut from arson as political revenge to boll weevil infestations. Smith believes these stories and the sum of his experiences greatly helped him become a pioneer in the arena of industrial power, making a competitive advantage by being, as he describes, a “creative entrepreneur.” “It was my children, J’Anne, Bert, and Bill, together with my beloved late wife Jule, who got this book off the ground,” said Smith. “My fond hope is that they and their descendants will gain understanding of the special family DNA and entrepreneurial attributes that influenced my successes, and that they and others will enjoy knowing some history by looking back at their ancestors from the unique perspective of family tradition and shared personal narratives.” His story is one that can truly inspire all of us.
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