Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science, Auburn University, 1948. Doctor of Science (honorary), Auburn University, 1981. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Alabama, 1980.
Chief executive officer Southern Progress Corporation publications Progressive Farmer, Southern Living, Creative Ideas for Living, Southern Accents magazines. Chief executive officer Oxmoor House books. Vice president Time Inc.
Director SouthTrust Bank, Alabama Gas Corporation, SouthTrust Corporation, Saunders Leasing System.
Advisory board Boy Scouts American. Trustee Birmingham Symphony, Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Alabama Association Indiana Colleges, Southern Research Institute. Trustee Auburn University.
Member Agricultural Publications Association (past president, director), Magazine Publications Association (director, secretary executive committee, vice chairman, Henry Johnson Fisher award 1975), Newcomen Society North America (chairman Alabama 1977), Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (director).
Married Jeanne Loftis, December 21, 1951. Children: James Emory, David Lee, Sara Jeanne, Mary Lou.