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Garren signing

Dr. Ray Harris -- donor, seated, is joined by (from left) Dr. Gerald Havenstein, Henry Garren's daughter Deborah G. Tucker, son Nathan M. Garren, and Dr. Johnny Wynne at a ceremony creating the Garren Poultry Science Scholarship Endowment. Photo by the Department of Communication Services.

Scholarship Created by Dr. Ray Harris to Honor Former NC State Poultry Science Department Head

Poultry science students at N.C. State University will benefit from a new scholarship established by a former N.C. State University veterinarian in honor of his late colleague Henry W. Garren.

The Henry W. Garren Poultry Science Scholarship Endowment was established in May in the North Carolina Agriculture Foundation Inc., part of N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The endowment was made possible by a gift from N.C. State Professor Emeritus James R. "Ray" Harris, who served as an extension veterinarian from 1961 to 1986.

Garren, a 1949 N.C. State graduate, served first as faculty member in the 1950s and then as head of the College's Department of Poultry Science from 1960 to 1968. He later served as dean and coordinator of the College of Agriculture at the University of Georgia and as professor of agriculture and Senior Rusk Fellow at the Dean Rusk Center of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Retiring in 1988 as a research fellow for the Center of Improving Mountain Living at Western Carolina University, he died in 1995 in Cullowhee.

The endowment will fund merit-based scholarship awards to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Poultry Science. Entering freshmen are as eligible for the award as upperclassmen -- a fact that was emphasized by Dr. Gerald Havenstein, head of Poultry Science.

"We are pleased that this is a freshman scholarship so we can use it to recruit students in high school," he said.

Dr. John Cornwell, representing the College's Academic Programs, thanked Harris for his confidence in the students, the Poultry Science Department and the university and said, "This is the kind of assistance students need as they enter N.C. State, not only for tuition, but for books, supplies and computer software."

During ceremonies hosted May 19 by interim college dean Dr. Johnny C. Wynne, Harris reminisced about Garren's accomplishments, including more than 40 scientific publications, the 1953 Poultry Science Research Award and the 1973 Man of the Year in Georgia Agriculture award.

"I am proud to say he was a good friend of mine and happy and proud to do this to honor him," Harris said.
-- Terri Leith --

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