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Dr. Walter Harris Nunn

 Dr. Walter Harris Nunn

Dr. Walter Harris Nunn passed away on October 2, 2017. Born in Monticello, Arkansas, Nunn attended Hendrix College and graduated with high honors in 1964. Nunn was editor of the Hendrix "College Profile" newspaper in 1961 and 1962 and received numerous awards for outstanding contributions to journalism.

Nunn subsequently received a masters degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1966, as well as a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1992.

Nunn was well known for his service to Arkansas. A passionate community organizer, in the 1970s, Nunn led a neighborhood association effort in the Little Rock Oak Forest neighborhood to prevent blockbusting and to promote integration. He directed the Arkansas' Institute of Politics and Government from 1978-1981, which taught others to run political campaigns.

For over thirty years, Nunn directed the Arkansas International Center, a non profit agency in Little Rock dedicated to teaching international visitors about US governance, business and culture. Nunn raised over $10 million to bring over 10,000 international visitors to Arkansas. He also took hundreds of Arkansan public school teachers abroad for cultural experiences that they could integrate into their public school curricula.

Nunn was also a Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. For over twenty years, he taught courses about Arkansas government. Nunn was also the founding owner of Rose Publishing Company, which published books about Arkansas, including its politics, history and government. He won awards from the Southern Books competition in 1981. Widely respected as the state's foremost expert on the Arkansas Constitution, Nunn published over 70 books about Arkansas, including "Arkansas Odyssey," recognized to be the most complete recounting of Arkansas history. He was also the first publisher of book compilations of George Fisher's political cartoons.

Nunn was Vice President of the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission in the early 2000s. Nunn was also active in his his book club for over 45 years and was an active member of the downtown rotary club for 40 years.

An avid dog lover with a jovial spirit, Nunn was fond of walking his four dogs at the Paws Dog Park and over the Big Dam Bridge, often proudly donning his favorite t-shirt labeled with the Pun "The Dogfather."

Nunn was survived by Gale Stewart, an attorney, farmer, and expert gardener. He is also survived by his two children: Robert Nunn, a political organizer and volunteer at Heifer International, and Dr. Amy Nunn, a Professor of Public Health and Medicine at Brown University. He was the proud grandfather of Agustin (8) and Valentina Velasco (6).

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017 with a reception following, both at Ruebel Funeral Home at 6313 West Markham St, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Global Ties Arkansas, 16 Toulouse Court, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211.

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"While we were never lucky enough to meet or work with Dr. Nunn, we are blessed to know Robert, his son. If, as they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, then Dr. Nunn was one heckuva tree. Peace, healing, light, and love to his family and friends. "
Terry and J. Nathan Bearden | Little Rock, AR

"A man with great heart and hospitality, Dr. Nunn was a very welcoming, dedicated and cooperative man. We, a group of 14 international students from Pakistan were very grateful in his supervision of kindness and friendly attitude. His good character is well reflected in his son Robert.
Wishing patience and peace to his family. "

Javed Ahmed Afridi | Peshawar Pakistan

"I too did not know Dr. Nunn but have had the wonderful opportunity to know Robert. My old rabbi used to say our immortality lies in the hearts and minds of our children. I can imagine that Dr. Nunn through what I know of Robert. May your memories and you friends and family help you all through this time.

Martha Healy | Hartford, Ct, CT

"I can still recall my last conversation with Dr. Nunn at LR airport, when he came to drop us. We have spent quality time with him during our IVLP program. It was really painful to know sad news about his sudden demise. His work for state, society and International travelers like me is really appriciable. The memories of our meet will always enshrine in my heart for years to come. May Waheguru bless his soul rest in peace and Pray for the well being of all the family. "
Puneet Singh Thind |

"During the brief encounters I had with Walter Nunn, what struck me most about him was his immense kindness. I was not aware of his innumerable and wonderful accomplishments which serve only to magnify the beauty of his humble personality! Indeed, his family members were blessed to have had him as were his friends and anyone else touched by him. May his gentle soul rest in peace and the family find courage to bear the sudden loss of a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather. "
Gohar Azhar | Little Rock, AR

"Mr. Nunn, your contributions to this earth to help not only awaken truth in others, but to call for true repentance, reconciliation and reparations is a bold testament to you being a man who followed Christ's example and a father and community leader that lead by good example! Thanks for the ways you unheld justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with our God!"
Anika Whitfield | LITTLE ROCK

"Walter was a dear friend and colleague. He and I cooperated on a million events. He employed my students. He was a great man and a great soul. He embodied a world of understanding, knowledge, grace and niceness. A part of me died with him. I hope to see him in heaven one day.

Jacek Lubecki | Statesboro, GA

"I had the good fortune of collaborating with Dr. Nunn when I worked at UALR. I was always touched by his passion and enthusiasm for all issues related to equity and inclusion. As I read this lovely tribute to a life well lived, I am inspired by the impact he had on Arkansas and internationally. You are all in my thoughts and heart."
Melanie Thornotn | Roland, AR

"Gale and Family,
I am so saddened to hear of Walter's sudden and unexpected death. The two of you created a wonderful and blessed family, and I know you will all gain strength from each other during this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joetta and Dick"

Joetta Milhoan Duke | North Little Rock, AR

"Gale and the Nunn Family:

Peace to you all. What a great life lived and a loss not only to each of you but to the entire community of Little Rock and Arkansas. What a lion that hunted for truth.

Don and Andrea Campbell"


"Dearest Nunn family,

It saddened us a great deal to hear about the passing of Walter Nunn. Ray and I had the delight of meeting Dr. Nunn one sunny fall afternoon. It was immediately clear what a kind-hearted and loving man this was. We know he brought much light into this world and that he will be missed dearly. May you all find peace and comfort knowing how many people’s lives were changed for the better for having known Walter.

Our deepest condolences,

Ray and Jill Balaster "

Ray and Jill Balaster | Russellville , AR

"To the family of Dr. Walter Nunn, Chairman Micahel John Gray of the Democratic Party of Arkansas here. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Nunn was an inspiration to all of us, he was a friend, a mentor to most of us but a champion for all of us. We will forever be reminded of his willingness and courage to stand up for all Arkansans and pursue justice and equality for us all. His work with ACO and his fearless work in politics will forever keep him on the map of our great state. While he is not here with us in person. I believe he is still with us in spirit. Keep your head up. This is not a time to mourn but rather a time to celebrate the life of an amazing man. "
Chairman Michael John Gray | Little Rock, AR

"We were saddened to hear of Dr. Nunn's passing. I knew him for a short time at UA Little Rock, but more recently from his volunteer work at our neighborhood garden. Dr. Nunn was a role model and an inspiration to many who knew him. He will certainly be missed.

Dan, Susan, and Daniel"

Dan Shelton | Little Rock, AR

"I knew Walter for several year via our mutual work in the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA), where we both served a year as President of the association. (I also knew his work promoting international exchanges, several of which ended up in Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where I was on the Political Science Dept. faculty.) In the ArkPSA, in his work at UALR, and the International Center, Walter was a quiet and supremely competent force promoting the best interests of all of these organizations. He made a MAJOR contribution to the understanding of the history and political development of Arkansas, and will be very much missed. My condolences to his family.

Charles Hartwig | Jonesboro, AR

"And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,+ and death will be no more,+ neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.+ The former things have passed away.”(Revelation 21:4) This prophecy tells us that one day we will see our dead loved ones again in a new world! Please seek Jehovah God to see his promises fulfilled...."
CM | , GA

"I loved seeing Walter at conferences in Washington DC, connected to the International Visitor Leadership Program. He was always positive and "can do". Our bodies give up but his spirit will continue as it has reached across the globe. Besides that, he introduced me to "Words With Friends" and we continued to stay in touch until just recently. My sincere condolences to the family and to those who cherish his memory."
Sondie Frus | Jacksonville, FL

"Dear Amy and family, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of this extraordinary human beiing. Reading his obituary further saddens me that I had never met him. In this time of grieving, I hope you take some comfort from the remarkable life he led and his contributions to so many."
Richard W. Besdine, MD | Barrington, RI

"News of Walter's death hit us hard here in East Tenn. My broadcaster wife knew him through his Inst. of Politics & Gov't work and Rose Publishing, when she managed KUAR. I was lucky to have him as friend and mentor when he was a Hendrix Men's Orientation Leader in 1963! As a College Profile editor, he urged me to write for that paper. Success led me to a 40-year news career during which I wrote for the Gazette, Democrat, Log Cabin and dailies in two states. I treasured his friendship and easy sense of humor. I miss him deeply already. "
Jerry Dean | Knoxville, TN

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