Dec. 10, 2015–Bry Shields & Nick Holmes, III

Rev. W. Bry Shields is President of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, a position he has occupied since 1989. The school is currently engaged in a major building project, which will include a new Student Center on Lafayette Street. This project is the culmination of a Master Plan which has resulted in substantial additions and improvements to the campus over the last decade.
Fr. Shields is also Pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, and a Past President of the downtown Mobile Rotary Club. After graduating from Murphy High School in 1969, he completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University, before going to Yale University for a degree in Theology. He also holds a Masters in Secondary Education and Administration from the University of South Alabama. He is married to Dr. Ruth Shields, and they have five grown children, and two grandsons.
Nick Holmes III (Nick 3) was born in Mobile, Alabama and has lived here since birth. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science, Forestry in 1976 and then in 1978 with two additional degrees; a Bachelor of Science of Environment Design and a Bachelor of Architecture.
He has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. “The family Holmes has achieved a unique distinction. They are the only set of grandfather-father-son architects to have delineated drawings for the Historic American Building Survey (HABS)” (Labine, C., Traditional Buildings, 1990 Traditional Buildings July/August 1990 – Architecture In Their Genes). He has continued his grandfather and father’s interest in Historic Preservation, having served as Chairman, Historic Resources Committee, Alabama Council AIA, and as a member of the National AIA’s Committee on Historic Resources. He currently serves on the Architectural Review Board of the City of Mobile. In 2015 he received an Institutional Preservation Award from the Mobile Historic Development Commission for his work on Barton Academy.
He began working for his father in late 1978. In 1982 they formed the present partnership of Holmes & Holmes Architects. He obtained registration by National Council Registration Board examination in 1981 and is registered in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
He has two daughters, Kate Garrett and Clara Little. He is married to Virginia Howell Holmes, and actively participates in the lives of six grandchildren.
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Mobile.