College honors its 2010-2011 Outstanding Alumni

Date posted: February 8, 2011

Among those honored at the CALS Alumni Awards reception were (from left) Heddleson, Bazer, Durham, Hartlage, Pingali, Reardon, Kays, Scott, Keels, Starling, Suggs, Gray, Zurney and Stuber. Not pictured are Bashford, Tran, McNeil and deGruy.Becky KirklandAmong those honored at the CALS Alumni Awards reception were (from left) Heddleson, Bazer, Durham, Hartlage, Pingali, Reardon, Kays, Scott, Keels, Starling, Suggs, Gray, Zurney and Stuber. Not pictured are Bashford, Tran, McNeil and deGruy.

On Oct. 1, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University held its annual Alumni Awards reception, recognizing 14 graduates as Outstanding Alumni and two as Outstanding Young Alumni. The College also presented its two annual Distinguished Alumni awards to Michael V. deGruy and Dr. Prabhu L. Pingali during the event. Among the CALS graduates honored for exemplary achievement:

2010-2011
Outstanding Alumni

Dr. Robert A. Bashford, B.S. 1967, biology; associate dean, admissions; professor, departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill

Dr. Fuller W. Bazer, Ph.D. 1969, animal science; Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor and O.D. Butler Chair, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Dr. Donald R. Durham, Ph.D. 1978, microbiology; senior vice president, manufacturing, TenX Biopharma Inc.; principal, Durham Consulting LLC, Chapel Hill

Lester L. Gray, B.S. 1983, poultry science; vice president of operations, Perdue Farms, Salisbury, Md.

Richard W. Hartlage, B.S. 2007, horticultural science; partner, AHBL Inc., Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Ronald A. Heddleson, Ph.D. 1995, food science; project manager, Progresso Soups Division, General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Barrett L. Kays, M.L.A. 1973, landscape architecture; Ph.D. 1979, soil science; owner, Landis Inc., Raleigh

Charles L. Keels, B.S. 1956, M.Ed. 1968, agricultural and extension education; retired, lead consultant for Agricultural Education and state FFA adviser, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Cary

Dr. Jeremy N. McNeil, Ph.D. 1972, entomology; Battle Professor of Chemical Ecology, scientific director, Biotron Research Faculty, University of Western Ontario, Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada

Joseph W. Reardon, AA 1991, Agricultural Institute; director, Division of Federal-State Relations, Food and Drug Administration, Willow Springs

George H. Scott, B.S. 1998, agronomy; M.S. 2000, crop science; vice president, Universal Leaf North America U.S. Inc., Wilson

Dr. Charles W. Stuber Sr., Ph.D. 1965, genetics; professor emeritus, Genetics and Crop Science, N.C. State University; director, Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics, Raleigh

Dr. Charles W. Suggs, B.S. 1949, M.S. 1955; Ph.D. 1959, biological and agricultural engineering; professor emeritus, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, N.C. State University, Raleigh

Dr. Elizabeth J. Tran, Ph.D. 2004, biochemistry; assistant professor of biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Outstanding Young Alumni

Ray A. Starling, B.S. 1999, agricultural and extension education; general counsel, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh

Dr. Jennifer M. Zurney, B.S. 2003; Ph.D. 2008, microbiology; study director, Burleson Research Technologies Inc., Raleigh.

—Terri Leith

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