Joseph T. Hood

Joseph T. Hood was born April 14, 1924, near Commerce, Georgia. He received his B.S. in soil chemistry in 1947 from the University of Georgia, the M.S. in soil fertility in 1949 from Perdue University, and the doctorate in soil fertility in 1954 from Cornell University.

Hood joined the Agronomy and Soils Department faculty at Auburn University in 1949 as assistant professor, where he continues to serve in a part-time teaching position. He became associate professor in 1953, and was promoted to professor in 1959. He served as acting assistant dean of the School of Agriculture, Forestry, and Biological Sciences during 1980-81 and as acting department head of agronomy and soils during 1982-83 and 1985-86. He retired as professor and Department Head Emeritus in 1986.

One of Ag Hill’s best known teachers, Hood taught soil science to some 9,000 students during his career. He helped organize the major in agronomy and soils and the option in turf management, organized the course in soil conservation, organized and taught the first off-campus course in soils, and organized an earth science course for non-agricultural students. He played a major role in establishing the doctoral program in agronomy and soils.

Hood was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy in 1984. He received the Soil and Water Conversation Society Award for teaching and research in 1990 and the Soil Conservation Service Award for identifying employees for SCS in 1991. He was named outstanding teacher in his department and school on numerous occasions. He served in many faculty leadership positions, including being chairman of the Faculty Senate.

Hood is married to the former Nona Steffy. They have one daughter, Lurana Jo Brechin, and two granddaughters.