This year’s Hope Gala will is a tribute to the life of beloved Birmingham native, William Barry McRae. He shared his rich but too brief life with love for those around him. Barry passed away in August of 2012 after a brave three year battle with brain cancer. His beloved wife, Lesley McRae, together with their children, Keen, Malcolm and Charlotte, are joining together with friends and family to honor Barry at this year’s Hope Gala.
Barry spent most of his life in Birmingham. A 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he was a classics major and President of the Nassoons, one of the oldest a cappella groups in the country. He led a successful career in finance, most recently serving as a Managing Director at Sterne Agee. Barry was a Southern gentlemen with a wonderful sense of humor. He is remembered by his dance moves, his generosity, and the way he made life more vivid.
Barry graced family and friends with his beautiful mind and vibrant soul. He served on the boards of the Alabama Ballet, The Altamont School, Red Mountain Theater Company and Interfaith Hospitality House. He was President of the Birmingham Venture Club, Princeton Alumni Association of Alabama and the Princeton Schools Committee. Barry actively supported the arts, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, ArtPlay and the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
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