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Death of Barry Morton, Chairman Emeritus of Robins & Morton

December 7, 2021 – Robins & Morton Chairman Emeritus and former CEO Barry Morton passed away on December 3, 2021 at the age of 83.

Morton was instrumental in the growth of the Birmingham-based construction company that bears his name, guiding its growth into one of the nation’s top commercial builders and a leader in healthcare construction.

Morton began his career at Robins Engineering as an apprentice carpenter, working alongside his father, Boyette Edgar “Sunshine” Morton, a concrete paver. After graduating from Auburn University in 1960 with a degree in building science, Morton joined Robins Engineering full time.

Over the decades, company founder Todd Robins saw in Morton the qualities of hard work and ethics to lead the company into the future. As a result, Barry became part-owner of the company in 1975 and was named president of the company in 1982. In 1991, The Robins Corporation was named after him. He became President and CEO of the company in 1996 and served as President Emeritus in 2015 when his son, Bill Morton, who had assumed increasingly senior levels of responsibility within the company for two decades, was appointed chairman and chief executive officer.

“Barry Morton shaped Robins & Morton into the company we are today, including our expertise in healthcare construction and the collaborative approach,” said President and COO Robin Savage . “Equally important, Barry has had a deep and personal influence on so many of us in the company. He instilled in us the founding values ​​established by Todd Robins – our customer first, our fair treatment of our business partners and the unique culture of our organization. All of us at Robins & Morton will honor him through our continued commitment to the values ​​and culture of our company.

Morton also left a lasting mark on the Birmingham construction industry and business community as president of the Alabama Chapter of Builders and Associate Contractors; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority; Chairman of the Auburn University Construction Industry Fund Board; member of the Birmingham Metropolitan Development Council; and a member of the Birmingham Business Leadership Group.

Through his private philanthropy, Morton helped establish the UAB Medical School, Department of Surgery, called the Morton Family Endowed Lectureship in Vascular Sciences. He also supported organizations that help children and families, as well as the creation of Sunshine Farm, named after his father, as a camp where children and young guests could experience nature.

About Robins & MortonRobins & Morton is a privately held construction company based in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Charlotte, Dallas, Huntsville, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, San Antonio, and Tampa. The company specializes in the construction of healthcare, hotel, higher education, entertainment, sports and government buildings. Since 1946, the firm has built a reputation as a trusted advisor to clients nationwide by cultivating a high performing team that values ​​integrity, security and innovative thinking. Robins & Morton is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in the United States and one of the Top 15 in the Southeast. To learn more about Robins & Morton, visit:

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