Alexander Nunn began a career devoted to agriculture as a proofreader for “The Progressive Farmer” magazine in 1924. When he retired in 1967, he was executive editor and executive vice president of the popular magazine. He was part of the team that created “Southern Living” magazine, which was a true reflection of his love of the South and rural living.
Dr. Nunn graduated from Auburn University in 1924, with a degree in agricultural education. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree by his alma mater in 1959. He retired to his family home in Loachapoka, near Auburn, and remained active in the Auburn Lion’s Club and served on the Humanities Advisory Council for the School of Arts and Sciences.
As a spokesman for agriculture, Dr. Nunn served as chairman of the National Cotton Advisory Committee during the Kennedy administration. He was named Honorary American Farmer by the Future Farmers of America and received the National 4-H Alumni Award. Dr. Nunn was a founding member of the Lee County Historical Society and was appointed by the Lee County Commission as the first official historian.