ELTON BRYSON STEPHENS
The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1995.
Elton Bryson Stephens, one of this nation's well-known business leaders and philanthropists, is a native of Clio in Barbour County, Alabama. He is the son of James Nelson Stephens and Clara Stucky Stephens.
Mr. Stephens received his grammar and high school education in the schools of Barbour County and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Birmingham-Southern College, a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1936 and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1960. Through the years, Elton Bryson Stephens has been a strong supporter of education at every level.
Mr. Stephens married Alys Varian Robinson (deceased) in 1935, and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Elton Stephens has been outstanding in his success in the areas of information and business services. His successes in these businesses have had a national and international impact, in addition to bringing many benefits to his native state.
In addition to his keen interest in Birmingham-southern college, his alma mater, he has been the recipient of honorary degrees from The University of Alabama, Birmingham-Southern College and Faulkner University. His philanthropy has filled needs at these institutions of higher learning.
This remarkable man, with heavy demands on his time, somehow manages to express enthusiasm for the days he enjoyed the activities of his college fraternity and in his maturity accepts a place of national leadership when called upon to do so.
Throughout his life and career, Mr. Stephens has exemplified his value of family and civic duties. He firmly believes that those who give also receive.
Mr. Stephens' family continues to be foremost in his plans for the present and for the future. He is a firm believer in the unity of the family.