Alabama Academy of Honor


Robert Schoenhof Weil

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1998.



Robert Schoenhof Weil was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1919. He attended Lanier High School, Culver Military Academy, received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After serving four years in the United States Army during World War II, Mr. Weil returned to Montgomery and joined Weil Brothers, an international cotton merchandising firm founded by his grandfather. He is now chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Weil Brothers.

Mr. Weil has been a leader in the cotton industry. He has served as President and Director of the American Cotton Shippers Association, and has served on the Boards of the Atlantic Cotton Association, the Liverpool, England, Cotton Association, and the New Orleans Cotton Exchange. He has also served as a delegate to the National Cotton Council, International Federation of Cotton and Allied Textile Industries at London, International Cotton Advisory Committee, and the White House Conference on Export Trade Expansion. Mr. Weil has worked with the United States Congress and the Department of Agriculture in developing legislation and cotton policy.

Throughout his adult life, Mr. Weil has been an active participant in civic affairs. He has tirelessly worked for the betterment of his state and community and for the improvement of race relations. He has been a strong leader in encouraging and promoting the industrial and economic development of our region.

Among the many organizations with which Mr. Weil has worked are the American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, United Way, United Negro College Fund, Eye Foundation Hospital of Birmingham, and St. Margaret's Hospital in Montgomery.

Mr. Weil is well known for his interest in and support of education, particularly for his leadership in the study and long-range planning for improvement of our public education system. His outstanding work for and contributions to Auburn University, Huntingdon, Dartmouth, and Wheaton Colleges are also well known. Mr. Weil was founder and is an active supporter of the Montgomery Academy.

Mr. Weil's love of the arts has been expressed through his leadership and involvement in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Art Inc., Hood Museum of Dartmouth College, and the Montgomery, Alabama, and Boston Symphony Orchestras.

Mr. Weil has been a leader in congregational affairs at Temple Beth Or in Montgomery. He has served on the Regional Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Mr. Weil and his wife Virginia Loeb have three children.