Judge John Rochester receives first Wayne Greenhaw service award

Judge John Rochester, of Ashland, received the first Wayne Greenhaw Service to Humanities Award at today’s Alabama Humanities Awards luncheon, at The Club in Birmingham.

Rochester, a retired Circuit Court Judge from Alabama’s 40th Judicial Circuit, served earlier this year as the volunteer interim executive director of AHF. He also serves as vice-chair of the AHF’s Board of Directors.

Rochester recently led the restoration of the Clay County Courthouse and, as a judge, was known for making the humanities a part of alternative sentencing punishment/reform. Rochester is also involved with the State of Alabama Health Coordinating Council and the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

The AHF’s new service award is named in honor of the celebrated author and journalist Wayne Greenhaw, who died in 2011.

“Wayne was an Alabama original and an American original,” Rochester said in his remarks. “He wrote the truth regardless of whether or not it would hurt him.”

 

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