Jim Nugent is a writer and designer living in Matteson, Illinois. He grew up in Mt. Clemens, Michigan where he attended Zion (German) Evangelical Church with his family. "It was a liberal congregation influenced by German Pietism," Jim says, "but, I was always an agnostic or atheist . . . still am!"
In 1962, Jim registered as a concientious objector. The following year he traveled to Southern Illinois University to study design with R. Buckminster Fuller. As a student he was active in the Student Peace Union and the Student Non-violent Freedom Committee. Good food and talk attracted Jim to the Sunday evening student group at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.
Jim worked as a communication/media specialist with behavioral psychologists, criminologists, mathematicians, and in Buckminster Fuller's research office before joining the University of Illinois field staff in 1974 as a communication generalist.
Jim, his wife Becky, and their three children have been members of the Universalist Unitarian Church in Peoria, Illinois and the Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation in Springfield, Illinois. More recently they have attended the UU Comunity Church in Park Forest, Beverly Unitarian Church, and Unity Temple UU Congregation in Oak Park. He served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, 2010-2014.
Current interests include writing, design, mathematics visualization, history, and bicycling. Jim started working with the DUUB in 2004 as a contributor. In addition to being a contributor of biographies, he took on the position of managing editor in 2010. As of November 2016, he had fact-checked and edited 75 biographies written by contributors and researched and written 10 biographies from scratch.