Ira "Eb" Swingle

Born: Mobile, AL

Pop Conductor

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



Troy University Chancellor named to Murphy High School Hall of Fame

TROY —Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University, was inducted Sunday into the Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Murphy High School, in a ceremony held on the school’s campus in Mobile.

“I am flattered and humbled by this award,” Dr. Hawkins, MHS class of 1963, said at the induction ceremony. “My years at Murphy were very important to me. I will always cherish this honor.”

Dr. Hawkins said because his days at Murphy predated the social upheaval of the late 1960s, he compared his “innocent” high school days to a scene from the movie “American Graffiti.”

“There was serious work going on as our teachers were preparing us to enter ‘The Real World,’” Dr. Hawkins said. “My teachers at Murphy selected their words wisely and taught by example. Their example was powerful, for they taught me leadership is about the ‘walk’ and not the ‘talk.’”

Dr. Hawkins was one of six honorees in the 2005 class. Others inducted were:

Ira “Eb” Swingle, musician and teacher;

Dr. James Tucker, ophthalmologist and major general (retired) U.S. Air Force Medical Corps;

the late Edith Marechal Murphy teacher of Latin and mathematics and wife of S.S. Murphy, for whom the school was named;

the late Dr. Randall H. Nelson, former chair of the political science department at the University of Southern Illinois ; and

the late Casimir P. Newdome, former Murphy coach and a community leader.

The hall of fame was established in 2001 by the Murphy Alumni Association Inc. Twenty-seven alumni have been inducted into its ranks.

Source: Troy University News





A tribute to "Eb" Swingle, who died in August 2006, for his committment to "making music a part of our lives on the Gulf Coast." The program includes the Faure Requiem performed by a 16-voice chorus and full orchestra (conductor: Scott Wright) with soprano Sarah Wright and baritone Patrick Jacobs, as well as "When In Our Music God Is Glorified" performed by a larger chorus and orchestra. Schumann Club of Mobile. 5:30 PM. Spring Hill College, St. Joseph Chapel. Free.

Source: Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau - Official Tourism and Convention Website for Mobile Alabama


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