Fournier J. “Boots” Gale has served as general counsel and corporate secretary for Regions Financial Corporation since 2011 and was a founding partner of leading law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC in 1984. He has been active in many civic and community organizations, including Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama, along with work as general counsel to the Business Council of Alabama and service to the Birmingham Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar.

Somehow, amid all that community involvement, Gale has found time and financial support to dedicate to Southern Research through 18 years of service on the board of directors and considerable philanthropic development.




From life-saving cancer research to innovative energy solutions, our relentless pursuit of new discoveries is unyielding. As a non-profit, 501 c3 designated organization, Southern Research relies on philanthropic giving to advance the world-class research performed here, and we depend on the donations and financial contributions made by people like you.

Southern Research changes people each and every day through drug development and discovery that improves, prolongs, and saves lives; engineering that allows the human race to explore entirely new atmospheres, in safer, more sustainable ways; and energy & environment initiatives and discoveries that are literally changing the ways the entire world will move forward and survive for centuries to come.

At Southern Research we’ve made it our commitment to be in constant pursuit of better, more meaningful, more promising discoveries which means that we approach each day with an unyielding fervency. We never settle, never rest, and never stop believing in the boundless potential of our mission to solve the world’s hardest problems. Each day, we will use our tools, talents and imagination in a way that pushes beyond expectations, provides hope to the people we serve, and allows all of us to continue reaching for more.




Please make your check out to Southern Research and send it to the address below. Indicate in the memo line if your gift should be designated to a specific fund or the name of someone you would like to honor with your gift.

Southern Research

Attn: Development Office

2000 9th Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35205



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