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Averre receives Foil McLaughlin Award

Plant pathologist Charles Averre (center) was joined by his son Chuck Averre and daughter Alice Turner when he received the McLaughlin Award January 28.
Courtesy Myron Fountain

Dr. Charles Averre, professor emeritus of plant pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is the 2005 winner of the Foil McLaughlin Crop Improvement Award, presented by the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association Inc. and the North Carolina Foundation Seed Producers Inc. Among his many accomplishments, Averre was honored for his research and extension efforts with field and greenhouse diseases in vegetable crops; for developing courses for county agents, field consultants and graduate students in plant disease diagnosis and management; and for his assistance to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic in developing sweetpotato and strawberry certification programs. Averre is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in botany and plant pathology at N.C. State and his Ph.D. at Purdue University. The McLaughlin award, named in honor of Foil McLaughlin, who was director of the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding service in promotion of the Certified Seed program in North Carolina.

- Terri Leith