Media release: As Darlington kicks off its Alumni Weekend celebration on Friday, the Alumni Office announces that Lee Thuston (’67) is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
“Our Distinguished Alumnus is a graduate who exemplifies the school’s motto: Wisdom more than Knowledge; Service beyond Self; Honor above Everything,” said Linda (Grizzard) Owens (’79), chair of Darlington’s Board of Trustees. “To his Darlington friends and classmates, Lee is affectionately known as ‘Stretch.’ He has had a very distinguished career in law and made a huge impact in his home state of Alabama. Throughout Lee’s life, he has shown his love for the school and others by illustrating compassion, staying connected, and confidently leading by example. He truly seeks to improve the greater good.”
Thuston is an attorney and the current chairman of Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Ala. As a boarding student at Darlington, he was president of his senior class and a member of the basketball team, the Pep Committee, and The Darlington Players.
He went on to earn his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law before serving as a law clerk for Honorable Justice Richard L. Jones on the Alabama Supreme Court. Following his clerkship, he received his LL.M in Taxation from New York University.
A proud alumnus of Darlington, Thuston is a former member of the Board of Trustees, a Board of Visitors Emeriti, and a longtime class agent and supporter of the school. He also served as chairman of the Birmingham-area Design for Darlington Campaign. He and his wife, Gray, have two grown children, Will (’00, LD ’12) and Thames.
“A good friend of mine once told me, ‘Luck is where preparation meets opportunity,’” Thuston told students at the award presentation. “Well, Larry and I have had a lot of opportunities [in life], and what preparation we had we got here at Darlington. I’m just another old geezer sitting up at the mic, I know. But take advantage of everything this school has to offer. It will prepare you. It will get you ready for the next 50 years.”