Three College alumni receive
Three graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored in April at Alumni Reunion Weekend on campus. The College presented its 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Awards for Life Sciences and Agriculture to Philip D. Buchanan and Charles L. Buddy Gaither, and the N.C. State Alumni Association presented its Meritorious Service Award to H. Clay Ferebee III.
Buchanan (classes of 1968 and 1970), who lives in Chapel Hill, received the award for life sciences, and Gaither (class of 1966), of Arden, was given the award for agriculture.
Buchanan earned his masters and doctoral degrees from N.C. State. He is the founder of GeneCare Medical Genetics Center, one of the nations leading private medical genetic counseling centers. From 1976 to 1983, he was director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills Cytogenetics Laboratory, where he initiated a statewide genetic screening program for pregnant women.
The high point of his career so far has been the success of GeneCare, started in 1983.
Buchanan is a founding fellow of the College of Medical Genetics.
He has maintained strong ties to the university, providing students with undergraduate research projects at GeneCare and hiring N.C. State graduates.
Gaither, president of Milkco Inc. of Asheville, has fostered a high level of collaboration in research and education between his company and N.C. State. Gaither believes that the concept of N.C. State being the Peoples University is what makes it great.
Before joining Milkco, Gaither worked at Kraft Foods Inc., West Agro Inc. and PRM Chemical. He has served as president of the Georgia Dairy Products Association and on the board of directors of the Carolina-Virginia Dairy Products Association, and he served for 10 years on the N.C. Dairy Foundation Board of Directors. As president of that board from 1995 to 1997, he led efforts to increase support for the college.
Gaither says the most gratifying part of his career has been his maintenance of a strong connection to both the manufacturing and farming sectors.
The third award-winning College alumnus is Ferebee, who graduated in 1942. He was honored by the N.C. State Alumni Association for service to his alma mater.
A partner in Clay Ferebee Farms of Camden, one of the largest cabbage producers in the Southeast, Ferebee has served on the advisory board for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. He also has been a member of the Park Scholarship Selection Committee and president of the N.C. State Foundation Board of Directors. Ferebee and his wife, Nancy, established and support the Ferebee Scholarships for deserving students from Camden County.
For his contributions to the university, Ferebee has been inducted into the W.C. Riddick Society and is a member of the Chancellors Circle.