Nimrod Long was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Rome, Ga., moving to Birmingham, Ala., as an infant. He attended Birmingham public schools from 1927-38 before enrolling as a senior at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he graduated in 1939.
He then attended Virginia Military Institute from 1939 to 1941 and Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1941-42.
Mr. Long entered the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in the spring of 1942 and earned his pilot’s wings and officer’s commission at Moore Field in Texas. He later served as a fighter pilot with the 74th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force in China in 1944-45.
Following his distinguished military service, Mr. Long returned to Auburn in 1945-46 and earned his bachelor’s degree in August of 1946.
Mr. Long began his illustrious career in October of 1946 with the TCI Division of U.S. Steel as junior engineer. He was employed later that year as sales engineer for Warren Brothers Roads Co. and was promoted to district manager in 1956.
He later served from 1962-67 as division president for Warren Brothers Roads Co., a division of Warren Brothers Co., Ashland-Warren, later known as APAC-Alabama. From 1962-67, he was division president for Alabama-Mississippi.
Mr. Long retired in 1986 as division president of APAC-Alabama. He is a past president of Alabama Road Builders Association and Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association
He was married to Joan Conzelman in 1946 and they are the parents of two children, Joann and Nimrod.