(Morton Dennison Prouty, Jr. was the sixth Poet Laureate o...)
Morton Dennison Prouty, Jr. was the sixth Poet Laureate of Alabama, serving from 1988 to 1991 before he passed away in 1992. Prouty also served as president of the Alabama State Poetry Society and editor of its annual publication "The Sampler." He was a member of the American Academy of Poets and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. Prouty was a widely published, award winning poet with some of his books including: "Sparks on the Wind" from 1961, "Footsteps on the Mountain" from 1969, "The Pharisee" from 1975, "To a Young Mariner" from 1983, "The Heavens Are Telling" from 1986, and "The Edge of Time" also from 1986. Although Prouty was a native of Illinois, he spent most of his life living in Florence, Alabama where he was an accountant who served as vice president of Alabama-Tennessee Natural Gas Company.
Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, 1939; postgraduate, Northwestern University, 1946-1947.
Auditing staff, Arthur Andersen & Company, Chicago, 1939-1941, 45-49; corporation officer, Alabama-Tennessee Natural Gas Company, Florence, Alabama, 1949-1978; president, Ala-Tennessee Natural Gas Company, Florence, Alabama, 1978-1982; president, Ala-Tenn Resources, Inc., Florence, 1982-1984; Chairman of the Board, Ala-Tenn Resources, Inc., Florence, 1984-1991; chairman emeritus, Ala-Tenn Resources, Inc., Florence, from 1991.
Served to captain United States Army, 1941-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Member National Association Accts., Rotary.
Married Elsie Shipman, November 4, 1945. Children: Catherine Prouty Horn, Carol Prouty Ostberg.