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Albert Phillips Reichert
Albert Phillips Reichert


Albert Phillips Reichert died on Thursday, February 16, 2012. He was born January 25, 1914, in Columbus, Georgia, the son of Jacob and Ann Phillips Reichert.

He graduated from Lanier High School in Macon, where he was editor of the school annual. With the help of Reverend Ed Cook, he enrolled at Emory University in 1932 and worked at various jobs to help pay his way through college. He was a member and president of SAE social fraternity at Emory and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He later was inducted into the Emory Sports Hall of Fame.

He then attended Duke University and on December 22, 1936, married Elizabeth Walton Bowen from Macon, who was then a student at Duke. He received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Duke in 1937.

During the summers he had been working at the Central of Georgia Railroad in Macon. After graduation, he worked in Macon for the railroad without pay until the railroad moved him to a paying job in Chattanooga. After a year, he was brought back to Macon, where he continued to work for the railroad until he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and served as an officer in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during World War II. His service in the Pacific was on an LSM (landing ship medium).

After the war, he worked full-time for the railroad while attending full-time at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 1948. He then began the full-time practice of law with the firm of Anderson, Anderson & Walker, which later became Anderson, Walker & Reichert.

He was a noted trial lawyer, counselor at law, and adjunct professor at Mercer Law School. The General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia awarded him the Tradition of Excellence Award. Mercer University awarded him the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award and the Outstanding Alumnus Award. He was a member and state chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He rendered much service to the State Bar, including serving as member and chair of the State Board of Bar Examiners and member and chair of the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants. He handled many pro bono cases. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America.

He also rendered much community service, including serving as president and as campaign chair for the United Givers Fund (now United Way) and was always grateful for the hourly-paid workers who pledged one hour’s pay per month and made the campaign reach its goal.

He also served on the board of the Department of Family and Children Services and was impressed with the work that department did.

Always recognizing the dignity of each person, he served on the Biracial Committee in Macon in 1971.

As a youth, he was a Boy Scout and reached the rank of Eagle Scout. As an adult, he was Scoutmaster of Troop 19 in Macon, served as chair of the Central Georgia Council, and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was a member and president of the Macon Rotary Club and served as District Governor for the Rotary District that then covered the eastern half of Georgia. He is a major donor to The Rotary Foundation.

He served as trustee of charitable boards, including The R. A. Bowen Trust, the Elam Alexander Trust, the Dunlap Memorial Fund, and the William P. Simmons Art Scholarship Fund.

He was a director of the First National Bank & Trust Company in Macon and later advisory director emeritus of SunTrust Bank, keeping his interest and participation for his entire length of service. He enjoyed fellowship and palavering with family and friends, laughing, talking and telling jokes and stories.

He was also active in his church, the Vineville United Methodist Church, where he taught many Sunday School classes, including the college class and the Ed Cook Class of which he was a member. He was noted for his sense of humor and for making the Bible come alive for class members. He was a member and chair of the church’s Board of Trustees, and was a member (and later honorary member) of the Board of Stewards (now called the Administrative Board).

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Elizabeth Walton Bowen “Chunk” Reichert, his son Albert Phillips Reichert, Jr., and Albert’s wife, Burnam “Bebe” Walker Reichert, his son Stephen Allan Reichert, his son Robert Adger Bowen Reichert and Robert’s wife, Adele Dunwody Reichert, his grandchildren, Albert Phillips Reichert, III and Albert’s wife, Dr. Gillian Tracy Braulik, John Walker Reichert, Elizabeth Bowen Reichert, and Thomas Dunwody Reichert, and his great-grandchildren, Eden Pape Reichert, Luna Walker Reichert, and Sarana Burnam Reichert, his sister, Mary Louise Reichert Earnhardt, and his sister, Beverly Reichert Kennon.

There will be a private burial service. A memorial service will be held at Vineville United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, with Dr. Marcus Tripp and Reverend James Duke officiating. The family will greet friends at the church after the service and also will greet friends at Hart’s at the Cupola from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Ga 31204, or Community Foundation of Central Georgia, 277 MLK, Jr. Blvd, Suite 300, Macon, Ga 31201, or the donor’s favorite charity.

The family is extremely grateful to the staff at Carlyle Place and the staff at Hospice of Central Georgia.

Register online at www.hartsmort.com. Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.


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