Alabama Academy of Honor


Emil Carl Hess

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1985.



Emil C. Hess, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, was born April 6, 1918. He attended grammar and high school in Birmingham. The University of Pennsylvania is his alma mater and its Wharton School conferred upon him its B.S. degree in economics. Emil Hess's principal business is in the field of merchandising. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Parisian, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Alabama Power Company, of Protective Life Insurance and of Russell Corporation.

Among the many civic organizations in which Mr. Hess has been active are the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the United Appeal, Birmingham Festival of Arts, Alabama Symphony and the United Jewish Appeal.

In appreciation for his energetic support for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and its many programs, Mr. Hess was honored with the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by that institution.

In World War II, Emil Hess served his country in the United States Navy during the years 1941-1945. He was separated from the service with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Emil Carl Hess has set a splendid example for his fellow man to follow by being constantly alert for opportunities to spend and be spent in causes that will make life more meaningful to the less fortunate.

Mr. and Mrs. Hess are the parents of a son and a daughter, and the family is active in the various organizations of their synagogue, Temple Emanu-El.

Mr. Hess is deceased.