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The George F. Maynard III University Fellows Writing Award

The George F. Maynard III University Fellows Writing Award is given to a graduating Samford University Fellow with the best writing portfolio. Created in 2012, the George F. Maynard III Award is made possible with support from his family and individual contributors. Portfolios are submitted near the end of the spring semester and are judged first by a panel of Samford University faculty. Finalists are submitted to an outside judge and the winner of the $1,000 prize is announced at the University Fellows graduation reception.

George F. Maynard III

A native of Alabama, Mr. Maynard graduated in 1953 summa cum laude with Honors in History from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Order of the Coif. He attended Harvard Law School for one year and received his L.L.B. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1956.

Mr. Maynard and his wife Isabel Barksdale Maynard were married for 56 years. They were blessed with one daughter and two sons, whom they raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1984, Mr. Maynard joined 10 young lawyers to create a new law firm in Birmingham, Alabama. At the time of his death in 2009, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. had grown to over 200 attorneys serving clients across a broad range of practice areas through offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery.

Mr. Maynard’s life and career reflected his commitment to excellence, integrity, and service. As an attorney, he was exceptional in his work ethic and his intellect. He was also a notable mentor and teacher to younger lawyers. Mr. Maynard was meticulously honest. His uncompromising character made him a standard-bearer for his firm in the area of professional ethics.

Mr. Maynard was also prolific in his volunteer and community service. Professionally, he served with the Alabama Law Institute Executive Committee on its Drafting Committee for the Alabama Banking Code. He was a member of the American Law Institute and the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law. He also served as Chair of the Alabama Bar Association Corporation, Partnership, and Business Law Section.

Mr. Maynard was a person of many interests. He was an avid naturalist and a volunteer with his sons’ Boy Scout Troop. He was also a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham where he served in several congregational and diocesan leadership positions over the years.

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