Nimrod Long II
Long was the son of Hubert Dent Long and Sarah Reese Long, who moved to Birmingham when he was an infant. He attended Mountain Brook Elementary School and Phillips High School, but graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He went on to attend the Virginia Military Institute and Alabama Polytechnic Institute before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in Spring 1942 for service in World War II.
Long earned his pilot's wings and was commissioned an officer at Moore Field in Texas. He was assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force, stationed in China from 1944 to 1945. While there he flew 92 sorties in a P-51 "Mustang". After the war he returned to Auburn to complete a degree in engineering in August and begin his career in October 1946 as a junior engineer for the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company. Before the end of the year, he left TCI to become a sales engineer for the Birmingham office of Nashville, Tennessee's Warren Brothers Roads Company.
Long was promoted to district manager in 1956. In 1962 he became Alabama-Mississippi division president for the company, which became Ashland-Warren in 1968 and APAC, Inc. in 1980. Long retired in 1986 after 24 years as president of the APAC Alabama division.
Long also served as president of the Alabama Road Builders Association and the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association. He was a member of the board of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and president of the Country Club of Birmingham. He attended St Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church before transferring to Independent Presbyterian Church later in life.
Long was married to the former Joan Dunn Conzelman and had two children, Joann and Nimrod Long III. He piloted a Mooney 201 personal aircraft until late in life. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame in 2003.