Alabama Academy of Honor


Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr.

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1989.



Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr., was born in Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama, on March 12, 1909, the son of Daniel Thompson McCall and Caroline Winston Bush McCall.

Dan McCall, Jr., received his early education at the University Military School in Mobile from which institution he was graduated in 1927. In 1931, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama, and in 1933 the same institution of higher learning awarded him an earned LL.B. degree.

On April 3, 1937, he was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Mary Edna Montgomery of Anniston, Alabama. To this union were born two daughters and a son.

During World War II, Dan McCall, Jr., served his country in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945, much of which time was spent overseas.

For 27 years he was a practicing attorney in Mobile, Alabama, being associated with the law firm of Johnston, McCall & Johnston. In 1960, Dan McCall, Jr., was elected Circuit Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit (Mobile). In 1969, the Governor of Alabama appointed him an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He was subsequently elected to fill a full term in that office.

Judge Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr., retired in 1975 from membership on the Supreme Court of Alabama after having served with great distinction for 16 years.

During his busy years as a Circuit Judge and as a member of Alabama's highest appellate Court, he found time to give full measure of support to civic responsibilities. He served as a member of the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners, a Director of Title Insurance Company, a Trustee for the Julius T. Wright School for Girls, a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Medicine of the University of Alabama, and president of the Alabama Bar Association.

Judge McCall was an active member of the Episcopal Church, a devoted husband and an exemplary father.

Judge McCall served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama until his retirement from those responsibilities in 1979. He had previously served as president of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.

A grateful University of Alabama awarded Judge Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr., an honorary degree in 1980. Judge McCall died in December 2000.

An oil painting of Judge Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr., hangs with other former Justices of the Alabama Supreme Court in the courtroom of the State Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama.