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Thomas endowment benefits
two College departments

Two retired Cooperative Extension faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have established a scholarship endowment to support students pursuing undergraduate degrees in food science or family and consumer sciences. The establishment of the Frank Bancroft Thomas and Rachel Kirby Kinlaw Thomas Food Science and Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship was announced recently by the Department of Food Science.

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The endowment will support scholarships in honor of Frank and Rachel Thomas, who served a combined total of 75 years on the faculty of N.C. State. Scholarships will be based on academic merit and financial needs, with emphasis on production and utilization of aquatic foods and applied research efforts in seafood technology.

Frank Bancroft Thomas came to N.C. State University in 1958 as assistant professor and food processing Extension specialist. In 1961, he was promoted to associate professor and joined the faculty in the newly created Department of Food Science. He served as professor and food science Extension specialist-in-charge from 1986 until his retirement in 1989.

While employed at N.C. State, Frank Thomas developed a coastal seafood processing program and facilities. Along with the Coastal Institute programs at East Carolina University, his program helped to form the basis for the N.C. Sea Grant Marine Advisory Services Extension Program. He continued to work with this program after retirement, helping to obtain the 1995 legislative funding to construct N.C. State Universityís Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) in Carteret County.

Rachel Kirby Kinlaw Thomas, who earned a masterís degree in 1973 from N.C. State in adult education and food science, worked for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service from 1951 until her retirement in 1989. After retiring, she was involved in special food and nutrition projects for Extension until 1995.

Rachel Thomas received the Outstanding Extension Award from N.C. State in 1987 and the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1983 from East Carolina University, where she earned her bachelorís degree. She initiated the "Best Food Buys" Teletip service that she updated bi-monthly for 10 years, developed an "Eat Right for Life" recipe on the Teletip system that was updated weekly, completed several educational videos and presented features on food and nutrition on many television programs throughout the state. She also developed statewide educational programs to help families improve their nutritional status and make the most of their food dollars.

The endowment will be based in the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation, part of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. For information on contributing to the endowment, contact Dave Green at (252) 726-7341 ( or Chris Cammarene-Wessel at (919) 515-7678 (

óNatalie Hampton

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