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Lois Britt, alumna and friend to N.C. State, dies in June

Lois Brit

Lois G. Britt, 69, a 2005 winner of the Watauga Medal, N.C. State University's highest nonacademic honor, died June 4 at her home in Mount Olive.

Britt, special assistant to the president of Murphy-Brown LLC, was a long-time friend to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. State and the UNC system. She was a member the N.C. State Board of Visitors, the CALS Alumni and Friends Society Board and the College Relations Committee and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. She was a former member of the UNC Board of Governors.

In a 34-year career with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Britt was one of the first women to serve as county extension director (in Duplin County) and the state's first woman to serve as county 4-H director.

Britt earned a master's degree in adult education from N.C. State.

Britt was one of two honorees to receive N.C. State's 2005 Watauga Medal. She was named the 2002-2003 Distinguished Alumnus for Agriculture by N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She also received the 2003 Volunteer Service Award from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association Inc. for her service to N.C. State and the College.

Her many honors include the North Carolina Pork Council's Hall of Fame Award, N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award, Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, Melvin Cording Service to Agriculture Award and Outstanding Alumna of East Carolina University Award. She also was a Raleigh News & Observer Tar Heel of the Week

Britt was a member of various agribusiness organizations, including the North Carolina Pork Council, the National Pork Producers Board of Directors, the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, N.C. Agricultural Advancement Consortium, Rural Economic Development Center Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the N.C. Forum for Research and Economic Education. She was a past president of the N.C. Agribusiness Council.

Speaking at her funeral service at Mount Olive College, Ed Emory, Dup-lin County's Extension director, said, "For more than 33 years she helped mold 4-H'ers, families and co-workers into positive, productive citizens. Countless people in Duplin County credit Lois and the skills and experiences they gained under her 4-H and Extension leadership for the success they have enjoyed in life. Whether it was taking young people to camp, encouraging young folks to develop skills in public speaking and demonstration or exposing young minds to possibilities and experiences they didn't know existed, no one can calculate the impact Lois had on thousands of citizens during her tenure with Extension."

Memorial gifts made to the Lois Britt Outstanding Extension Agent Award Endowment can be sent to Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, N.C. 27695-7645.

- Natalie Hampton