Honoring Robert Hugh Daniel

Altruistic Visionary
Artist: Cordray Parker

Get directions

“Altruistic Visionary”
By Cordray Parker
The Daniel Building

Honoring: Robert Hugh Daniel
Legacy of Leadership 2006

This sculpture by Cordray Parker was commissioned in honor of Mr. Daniel to be placed in front of the Daniel Building. This public artwork will be an enduring tribute to his legacy and dedication to our great city.

R. Hugh Daniel
(1906-1983)
“It is one’s calling to be a part – to participate.”

2005 Legacy of Leadership
Hugh Daniel was born in Elberton, Georgia in 1906. Hugh moved to Birmingham, Alabama and opened the Daniel Construction Company of Alabama in 1936. Over the next several decades Daniel continued to expand and diversify the construction company, served three years as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps and co-founded Central Bank & Trust now BBVA Compass Bank.


When asked about his personal keys to success, Hugh Daniel was quick to respond. Hard work – not for the sake of work, but well-directed, efficient work. Fairness – being fair in everything you do. And delivering what you say you will deliver. These three simple attributes allowed Hugh Daniel to rise from humble beginnings to become a man who spearheaded one of the nation’s largest and foremost construction corporations; a man who provided the impetus to propel his corporation to world prominence in its industry; and a man who silently, without regard for personal gain and notoriety, instituted needed influence into programs designed for the good of the community.
To his adopted home town, Daniel gave many hours of service to various civic, cultural and educational organizations. His participation in community affairs included serving as a director of the Birmingham Committee of 100, Chamber of Commerce, Baptist Hospitals Foundation, Birmingham Museum of Art, a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees of Southern Research Institute, a trustee of the Birmingham Symphony Association, the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Birmingham-Southern College.


To this day the Daniel Foundation of Alabama remains a viable presence in the philanthropic community of Alabama, supporting educational, health, humanitarian and cultural activities in Birmingham and throughout Alabama.