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Weldon and Delores Cole

Weldon and Delores Cole

Alabama natives Delores and Weldon Cole have traveled the world from Australia to South America, but when it came time to retire they settled in Tuscaloosa.

Both the Coles were born and grew up in Winston County, Alabama. “We were spanked by the same doctor,” Weldon said. “We loved our childhood and felt like we had been blessed growing up in Addison.” The pair became high school sweethearts.

Delores attended Florence State while Weldon served two years in the army. Upon his return from overseas, Weldon got his BS from Florence State then received a full scholarship to UA where he earned his MBA in 1961.

“We married and moved to New York after graduation,” Weldon said. Delores worked for Public Service Electric and Gas in Newark, then Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, an accounting firm in NYC.

Weldon began his career at Price Waterhouse and later became President of Beloit Corporation in Wisconsin, then Senior VP of Albany International.

Delores often accompanied Weldon on his business travels and said, “I probably still like Italy better than any other country. It is beautiful and they like Americans there.”

But the harsh winters of New York made Delores long for home. “I told Weldon if he would bring me back to Alabama I would never complain about the heat again.” The couple returned to their home state in 2000 and built a house in Tuscaloosa.

Delores and Weldon enjoy being involved on campus and are proud to be charter members of The Denny Society. Delores is also a charter member of Women of the Capstone, sits on UA’s nursing school board, and volunteers with Hospice. Weldon serves on the President’s Cabinet, the 1831 Foundation board, and the business school’s Board of Visitors. They are active in the community through their involvement with the deTocqueville Society and United Way’s Success by 6 Program. You’re likely to spot them at any UA sporting event because they hold season tickets. “We try to do all of them,” Weldon said.

The Coles have established a testamentary gift to the University that will provide support to the Culverhouse College of Commerce, the Capstone College of Nursing, and to Honors College. “Knowing we will continue to help a young person reach his or her dream long after we’ve lived ours is awesome,” Weldon said.

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