"Red’ Blount dead at 81
Blount, internationally known industrialist and philanthropist, was a
friend of governors, presidents, world leaders and everyday citizens. He had a deep love for his family, his city and state, and he contributed much of his personal resources toward improving the quality of life for citizens everywhere.
After service in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-29 pilot, he co-founded Blount Brothers Corp. in 1946, serving as president and chairman until August 1999. His construction company became noted for building some of the largest and most significantly complex projects of the century, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile base near Cheyenne, Wyo., and moon mission and space shuttle launch pads at Cape Canaveral, Fla. His company built the New Orleans Superdome, as well as the $2 billion King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, then the largest fixed-price construction contract in history.
Blount also served as president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, postmaster general of the United States and a member of President Richard M. Nixon’s cabinet.
Funeral Services were held Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blount Cultural Park, 6055 Vaughn Rd., Montgomery, AL, 36116.