Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-01-09

Samford University life trustee Virgil Pittman died Jan. 6 at his home in Mobile, Ala. Pittman, a retired U.S. District Judge, became a trustee in 1974. He was named a life trustee in 1991.

“With a keen mind and a gentle spirit, Judge Pittman was a distinguished jurist.  He used those same qualities as a Samford trustee, guiding the institution from strength to strength.  We mourn his passing, even as we celebrate an extraordinary life, and we offer our sympathy to the Pittman family,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.

Pittman retired in 2006 on his 90th birthday. He had served as a judge at various levels since 1951. He had been the district judge for South Alabama since 1966.

Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Mobile, where Pittman was active as a Sunday School teacher and deacon.

Survivors include his wife and five children.

The family suggested memorial gifts to Samford’s Cumberland School of Law.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.