Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel & Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum
800 Dennison Ave Sw, Birmingham, AL
Daniel T Hull
September 3, 1942 – March 15, 2020
Daniel T. (Ted) Hull Jr. grew up in north Birmingham, where his mother was a nurse and his father (“Big Ted”) worked forAmerican Cast Iron Pipe Company. After completing high school at Phillips in 1960, Ted graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from The University of Alabama in 1964 (RTR!). He met Joan Parker when he unintentionally ignited a college chemistry lab exercise. They married in 1965. He pursued a career in engineering, including a brief stint living in Brussels, Belgium with Joan in 1968 that was cut short by a car accident in Romania.
Ted decided to enter the legal profession, attending night law school at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law while practicing engineering, and being admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1973. , His son, Daniel T. Hull III (also Ted or Teddy) was born in 1972. He used his engineering skills to design the family home, and he oversaw its construction in the early 1970s. As a sole practitioner attorney, he did whatever his clients needed: preparing wills, setting up corporations, assisting with transactions, and generally being a trusted advisor to many. One client from Tuscaloosa County paid for his services with a truckload of firewood and a barn kitten that became the first family pet.
He always found time to be of service to the community. Ted was a member and usher at Brookwood Baptist Church, and his study as a Christian continued daily. He taught an ethics seminar to engineers in Alabama’s Capstone program for many years. After a long membership in the Exchange Club of Birmingham, Ted joined the Shades Valley Rotary Club and found a passion for its scholarship program.
An avid outdoorsman, he was a chaperone for Brookwood Forest Elementary’s annual weeklong 5th-grade environmental trip to Mentone, Alabama well after his son had moved on. He was an active participant with his son in Boy Scout Troop 96, ultimately taking on the role of Scoutmaster with Troop 76 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Ted’s love of hiking, camping, and (mostly unsuccessful) fishing in the Southeast drove much of the family’s life in the 1980s. As he aged, he found endless fascination in backyard flora and fauna, with the family adopting a series of stray cats and providing ample food for the birds, squirrels, possums, raccoons, and rabbits that traversed their property.
Ted was spoiled by Joan’s cooking. Her early experimentation, driven by the French cooking of Julia Child, eventually developed into a reliable roster of comfort food that he craved. Joan and Ted III knew that he was really sick just before he passed because he had no interest in cookies, which he never turned down before. Ted’s grandchild, Iris Hull, was born in 2005, and they shared a love of cookies.
Ted is predeceased by his parents, Daniel T. Hull Sr., who passed unexpectedly in 1978 just after retiring, and his mother, Kathleen W. Hull, who turned 90 on September 11, 2001 and lived to be 95. He is survived by his wife, Joan P. Hull; his son, Daniel T. Hull III; his daughter-in-law, Judy Adler; and his granddaughter, Iris Hull.
He was loved, he left a mark on the community, and he will be sorely missed. Out of an abundance of caution, given the current national emergency, a private graveside service for family will be held at the family plot at Elmwood Cemetery on Thursday, March 19 at 10:00AM.
The family asks that Ted be honored with donations in his name to the scholarship fund of the Shades Valley Rotary Club (PO Box 530342, Birmingham, AL 35253).
- A Celebration of Life Thursday, March 19, 2020