Alexander White Spears, III

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Alexander White Spears, III is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lorillard Tobacco Company. He was associated with Council for Tobacco Research, and was used as an expert in the Mississippi case.


Spears graduated from Allegheny College in 1953 and got his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Buffalo in 1960. His research was in the area of cancer chemotherapy.


  • University of Buffalo/research associate chemist, 1956-58
  • Millard Fillmore, College instructor, 1958-59
  • Lorillard Company, Research Division/ research associate, 1959-61
  • Lorillard Company, Research Division/senior research chemist, 1961-65
  • Lorillard Company/director/basic research, 1965-68
  • Lorillard Company/vice-president/ research & development, 1971-75
  • Lorillard Company/senior vice-president/ research & development, 1975-77
  • Lorillard Corporation/executive vice president/ operations & research, 1977 +[1]

Alex W. Spears was a Lorillard CEO and R&D scientist. [2] A. W. Spears was employed by Lorillard, Inc. and served as Executive Vice President from 1989 to 1992; served as Executive Vice President (Operations & Research) in 1993 and then again in 1995. [3] Spears was associated with Council for Tobacco Research. [4] He was used as an expert in the Mississippi case.


  1. Alexander White Spears, III Alexander White Spears, III Resume', 1987, Bates No. 2022213569
  2. PMI's Introduction to Privilege Log and Glossary of Names, Estate of Burl Butler v. PMI, et al, April 19, 1996
  3. Source: LOI & LOC Summary of Officers & Directors
  4. Source: NM Tobacco Companies Personnel List

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