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April 3, 2019

Richard "Dick" Ireland Pigford

May 4, 1947March 31, 2019

Richard Ireland Pigford, known to everyone as "Dick" or "Dickie", passed away unexpectedly at home on March 31, 2019 at the age of 71. Dick was born May 4, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Joseph Harrison Pigford and Jeanne Ireland Pigford. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1970 aboard the U.S.S. Everglades. After his service he attended Auburn University and in 1974 graduated with a degree in Architecture. Following graduation, Dick and his wife, Dana, moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he began to pursue his career in Architecture. After passing the registration exam, he founded his own practice - Pigford & Carraway Architects which later became Highland Partners Architects. In 1995 he founded ArchitectureWorks and, through many years, his talent transformed places such as Highlands United Methodist Church, Independent Presbyterian Church, Camp Desoto, Pursell Farms, Indian Springs School, Birmingham-Southern College, Auburn University, St. Mary's on the Highlands, and Jones Valley Teaching Farm. His work spanned residential, commercial, educational, hospitality, and historic building types. . .

Dick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dana Bass Pigford; his son, Richard Ireland Pigford Jr. (Jay), daughter-in-law Courtney Birch Pigford, and grandchildren Harris Rhodes Pigford and Ella Ireland Pigford; brother, Joseph Harrison Pigford, Jr (Betty) and nephews, Scott Pigford (Anissa), Michael Pigford (Chrissie), Patrick Pigford; sister, Catherine Joan Pigford. The family is establishing a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham that will perpetuate Dick's lifetime service to community and philanthropy.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial gifts to the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham "In Memory of Richard Ireland Pigford". Memorial services will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Mary's on the Highlands, 1910 12th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205. Following the service all are invited to a celebration of Dick's life at SawWorks (ArchitectureWorks office) 130 Nineteenth Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233.

Read the complete online obituary and guestbook here.

70th Birthday Bash Photos

We've posted the photos from our August 5, 2017 event to the website.  See all the photos at

50th Reunion Slideshow and Photos
The 50th Reunion Slideshow is posted on our website here for all to view. I hope you will enjoy revisiting the reunion.
If anyone has any photos that are not posted please send them to
If you want a large high resolution group picture or CD of the photos that the photographer took, I have several at my house. Contact me at and I will send it to you. The group photo is $20, the CD is $20 or both together are $35.  OR, you can visit the photographer's website at to order any of the pictures (all or individuals).

I am still collecting photos from the Reunion Weekend from other classmates and would like to have yours too, so please send them via email to me and I will put them in a slideshow on the website.

Let me know if you would like to get together before the next reunion. Contact me at  to let me know your thoughts and ideas.

UNTIL THEN . . . take care, my Shades Valley friends!

Mae Bayliss Coshatt
Thank You Reunion Committee Members!

JuJu Miller Beale
Harold Ceitlin
Debby Davis Denson
Lin Griffin Halbrooks
Mike Jared
Sharon Pardue
Kay Padgett Ray
Janet Goldstein Reagan
Johnny Robinson
Carol Lee Slaughter
Linda Trotter Swalley
Phil Teninbaum

Class of 1965 Announcements

50th Edition of 1965 Tower
If you were unable to attend the reunion, please open the Reservation Form because there is a place where you can order a copy of the 50th Edition of the 1965 Tower memory book.
There is also a place where you can make a small donation to keep the website open for the coming years.  Any amount you would like to donate will be greatly appreciated. Just add it to your check. Our website gives us a place to view the pictures from all of our reunions as well as to read class news and announcement.
We want to add a website picture gallery of families and friends through the years, not just at reunion time. It will be a great way to keep up with our Shades Valley “family”.
If you did not fill out your Bio Form on the website, please do so. Even though the memory book has been printed, we want to include bio and contact information updates to our password protected Classmates Only Section on the website. See below.

Updates to Classmates Only Page

We've added a PDF version of The 1965 Tower Yearbook to the website in a Password Protected section, along with the 1965 Tower 50th Reunion Edition memory book and recent bio/contact updates after publication.  Go to this page to sign in as follows:

Website Updates

Our website includes pages for News, post Reunion Information, Updating Your Classmate Directory & Bio Listing, Classmates - Lost & Found, and In Memoriam, just to name a few.  New information is added on a regular basis.  Visit today!

Missing Classmates
We have contacted as many of our classmates as possible but some are still “missing”.  We need you to help us find email addresses and contact information for Missing Classmates listed at  If you know how to contact any of the missing classmates, send data to .

Comments & Feedback
Let us know how we're doing. Send your comments, suggestions and photos to the Reunion Committee in care of Mae Bayliss Coshatt at  or call 205.967.9491. 

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