Claude I. Carter


Claude I. Carter was born August 7, 1919 in Weogufka. He earned a B.S. degree in agricultural science from Auburn University in 1941. While at Auburn, he was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society for agriculture, and Alpha Zeta national service honorary fraternity.

In 1941, he began working with Nebraska Consolidated Mills, which was later to become ConAgra, one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies. In 1958, he was named general manager of ConAgra’s Alabama Flour Mills in Decatur.

In 1964, he was transferred to ConAgra’s corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, where he began a rapid climb in the company. He was elected president and chief executive officer of ConAgra in 1974, where he served until his retirement in 1977. He remains a member of ConAgra’s board of directors.

Mr. Carter has remained active in civic and service organizations throughout his career. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Mobile Chapter of the Salvation Army. He has been a member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and is a past president of the Decatur Lion’s Club. He is a past chairman of the American Feed Grain Manufacturers Association and served as a member of the board of directors of the College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska.

Since retirement from ConAgra, Mr. Carter and his family have built a new business, Carter Investment Company, headquartered in Daphne. He and his wife, Ruth, currently live in Daphne. They have four children: Constance, Michael, Ann, and Theresa.