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Britt, Black receive N.C. State Watauga Medal

Lois Britt and Robert E. Black Jr. were honored during the university's Founders' Day events.
Photo by Roger Winstead

Lois Britt and Robert Emerson Black Jr. have been honored as the 2005 Watauga Medal winners by N.C. State University. The two were recognized at the university's Founders' Day Dinner March 7. The Watauga Medals, the highest nonacademic honor bestowed by the university, were presented by Chancellor James L. Oblinger.

Britt of Mt. Olive is corporate vice president of public affairs for Murphy-Brown LLC. Black of Wilkesboro is vice president of purchasing (retired) at Lowe's Companies.

Britt received her master's degree from N.C. State in 1969. She was North Carolina's first female county 4-H director. Britt worked with the Agricultural Extension Service for 34 years, including 14 as county extension director. She is a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Board, director of the North Carolina Agriculture Foundation Inc., and a member of the N.C. State Board of Visitors.

She is a former member of the UNC Board of Governors. Britt has served various agribusiness organizations, including the North Carolina Agribusiness Council and the National Pork Producers Council. She was named the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Distinguished Alumnus in 2002-03 and received the North Carolina Pork Council's Hall of Fame Award in 2003.

Black received his bachelor's degree from N.C. State in 1953. He has established two need-based endowments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, supporting six scholarships. He is former president and director of the N.C. State Alumni Association and N.C. State Student Aid Association. Black also has established four varsity sports scholarships.

Black grew up on a farm near Piney Creek, N.C. After graduating from N.C. State, he served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955, earning the rank of second lieutenant. He joined Lowe's in 1955 and retired 20 years later. He received a Meritorious Service Award from the N.C. State Alumni Association in 1987 and is a member of the university's W.J. Peele and R.S. Pullen Lifetime Giving Societies.

The Watauga Medal was established in 1975 by the Board of Trustees to honor persons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the university.

- NCSU News Services