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In Memory Of Our Poets

Robert Dinning Thorington (-2012) - Class Of 1949

Robert Dinning Thorington, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, whose family has been associated with the history of the City of Montgomery since its founding in the 1830s, died on February 3, 2012. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Paul Eastwood, his father, Jack Thorington, by his brothers, William Patteson Thorington, and Paul Nesbitt Thorington and by his sisters Margaret T. Kohn, Virginia Hall Wells and Katharine Thorington. He is survived by his wife, Nancy C. Thorington; daughter, Wyn G. Thorington of Prattville; daughter, Elisabeth Thorington Mongillo (Steve) of Rye, New York; son, Robert D. Thorington, Jr. (Celia) of Wetumpka, Alabama; daughter, Melissa Edwards (Jeremy) of Montgomery, Alabama; son Alan Evans of Montgomery; and grandchildren: Margaret G. Murphy, Sarah W. K. Murphy, William S. Mongillo, Olivia A. Mongillo, Winter E. Thorington, Robert D. Thorington, III, Lauren Edwards, and Bailey Evans. Bob was a graduate of the School of Law of the University of Alabama, and held an LLM degree in Taxation from New York University. He served to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. At the time of his death, Bob was a partner in the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Earlier in his professional career, he was a principal in the firm of Duke & Thorington, one of the area's first law firms specializing in tax and estate planning matters. Later he was a partner at Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett and afterward in the firms of Johnson & Thorington and Thorington & Gregory prior to joining Bradley Arant in 2000. Bob served at various times as President, and subsequently Chairman, of the Southern Federal Tax Institute, Inc., Chairman of the Alabama Federal Tax Clinic, Inc., President of the Montgomery Estate Planning Counsel and Chairman of the Section of Taxation of the Alabama State Bar. He was a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, and was a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Energy Bar Association, as well as the American Bar Association. A descendant of the Gindrat, Winter and Thorington families, Bob's ancestry includes a long line of lawyers and businessmen who served Alabama and Montgomery in diverse ways, including as a Trustee of the University of Alabama and as an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, as the second Mayor of the City of Montgomery, and a Dean of the Law faculty at the University. Bob's father, Jack Thorington, also an attorney, served for over 15 years on the State Board of Education and was a member of the initial Vestry Committee of Montgomery's Episcopal Church of the Ascension, a post in which Bob followed him years later. Active in the cultural life of the City, Bob helped to organize and also served as an officer or Director of various local non-profit and charitable organizations, including Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery and the Montgomery Community Concerts Association, and had also served as a Director, and at one point President, of the Montgomery County Historical Society. He was for many years a member of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, a member of The Montgomery Committee of 100, an arm of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and was a member as well of the National Huguenot Society. Bob was a historical scholar, particularly of the history of the City of Montgomery, proud of its history and heritage, and was a Trustee of the Society of Pioneers of Montgomery. The family will hold a private, graveside burial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.