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Lovvorn Scholarship Endowment established


Larry B. Lovvorn signs the agreement creating the endowment in his father's honor. Behind him are Dr. Randy Wells, David Anderson, Dr. John Cornwell and Dean Johnny Wynne.
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An illustrious former faculty member has been honored with the creation of a scholarship endowment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Dr. Roy Lee Lovvorn and Virginia Brown Lovvorn Scholarship Endowment has been established in memory of Lovvorn and his wife by their son and executor of their estate, Larry B. Lovvorn.

Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College, hosted the endowment-signing ceremony July 20. Also speaking were Dr. John Cornwell, assistant dean and director of the Agricultural Institute; Dr. Randy Wells, associate head of the Department of Crop Science; David Anderson, associate vice chancellor for university advancement; and Larry Lovvorn. The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Dr. Roy L. Lovvorn
"Dr. Lovvorn was one of our early visionary leaders who, from 1955 to 1970, helped lay the foundation for the success of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences," said Wynne. "During his tenure, the College more than doubled in size and scope."

Lovvorn, who held degrees from Auburn University, the University of Missouri and the University of Wisconsin, came to N.C. State in 1936 as an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy, where he later served as department head till 1950. He then worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as director of the Division of Weed Investigations until 1953, when he returned to N.C. State to become director of instruction in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. From 1955 to 1969 he was director of the Agricultural Experiment Station; he then served as administrator of the Cooperative Research Service, USDA, in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in 1976.

Among his many honors, Lovvorn was named the Progressive Farmer Man of the Year in Service to North Carolina Agriculture and the Raleigh News & Observer Tar Heel of the Week, as well as receiving an international Gamma Sigma Delta award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. Virginia Lovvorn, an honors graduate of Drury University, accompanied and supported her husband through his career endeavors.

- Terri Leith