April 01, 2018 Feature

Eason Balch – In Memoriam

M. Stanford Blanton

On April 14, 2018, our profession, this Section, and the electric utility industry lost one its greatest lawyers, leaders, thinkers, storytellers, and personalities when Samuel Eason Balch Sr. died peacefully at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. Eason’s 98 years and six months enriched the lives of all of us who had the great fortune to know him. His accomplishments were too many to name in this short remembrance, but above all he was what his generation would call a “class act.” His life embodied the principles that his generation held dear and a warmth, kindness, and grace that he shared with so many of us in this Section.

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