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Shelby County reformer Conrad Fowler dies at 88

COLUMBIANA (AP) — Former Shelby County Probate Judge Conrad Fowler, who pushed for cleanups of corruption in Phenix City and his home county and led an early move for reform of Alabama’s constitution, has died at 88.

Fowler, who had been living at a nursing home in Tusca-loosa, died Monday night.

As probate judge and county commission chairman from 1959 to 1977, Fowler oversaw the beginnings of the once-rural county’s mushrooming development as a Birmingham suburb.

He was the first president of the Alabama County Commissioners Association.

From 1970 to 1976, he served as chairman of the Alabama Constitution Commission. “The ideas that have been coming out in the last few years, he was pushing back then,” his son, Conrad Fowler Jr., said.

A lawyer, Fowler was a prosecutor in the 1954 Phenix City vice cleanup and later sought to shut down gambling sites in Shelby County.

He served as president of the University of Alabama Alumni Association in 1969.

A Marine who was wounded in the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II, Fowler was a 1981 inductee of the Alabama Academy of Honor.


Informatiion from: The Birmingham News

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