Fuqua, Nolen Jones | 1984

  • Birth and Death Year | 1894-1992
  • Induction Year | 1984
  • Profession | Conservationaist
  • Oklahoma Connection | Fuqua was born in Duncan, Indian Territory.
  • Hometown | Duncan

Fun Fact

Nolen Fuqua’s father, Frank, was Duncan’s first mayor, and Nolen kept books for the Chickasha Cotton Oil Company while he was attending Duncan High School.


“Whatever benefits the soil benefits the people.” - Nolen Fuqua


Oklahoma native Nolen Fuqua graduated from Duncan High School and the University of Oklahoma before serving the Army Air Corps in World War I. He returned home to Duncan and began his influential career in soil and water conservation education, as well as civic life in his hometown. Known as a “master in the art of caring,” Fuqua was actively involved in Boy Scouts programs and served as president of the Oklahoma Municipal League and the South Central Oklahoma Governments Association. He directed soil conservation districts and was a delegate to Chicago as the organizer of the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts, of which he was also president (1955-1959). He is also a member of the Agricultural Hall of Fame.