A JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE, SERVICE AND MEMORY OF FRANKLIN E. CORRELL.
Whereas, Franklin E. Correll, as an internationally-recognized scientist and teacher, through dedication, vision and perseverance, made immeasurable contributions to the advancement of the fruit-growing industry in his native North Carolina; and
Whereas, this State has lost a man whose brilliant and inquiring mind unraveled the mysteries of nature for the betterment of his fellowman; and
Whereas, Professor Franklin E. Correll was an outstanding university professor who had a love and concern for students and received their highest respect, admiration and affection; and
Whereas, Professor Correll served with distinction on the faculty of North Carolina State University for a quarter of a century, being elected to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and through his diligent research as a scientist with the Agricultural Experiment Station helped to develop ten new varieties of peaches and several new varieties of blueberries, strawberries and apples; and
Whereas, his research with peaches resulted in producing varieties with excellent flavor, non-browning flesh and desirable shipping qualities, thus contributing immeasurably to the advancement of the peach industry in North Carolina; and
Whereas, the North Carolina Apple Growers Association and the North Carolina Peach Growers Society bestowed Professor Correll with honorary life memberships because of his contributions to these industries; and
Whereas, Franklin E. Correll was held in the highest esteem, respect, and affection by fellow scientists, colleagues and friends; who have established the Franklin E. Correll Memorial Fund in his honor and memory at North Carolina State University; and
Whereas, Franklin E. Correll, who was born March 27, 1913, in Woodleaf, Rowan County, North Carolina, and who earned his B.S. degree in 1935 and his M.S. degree in 1950 from North Carolina State University, distinguished himself in service to his State and nation as a First Lieutenant during World War II under the leadership of General George S. Patton, receiving the Purple Heart, the Oak Leaf Cluster and five combat ribbons; and
Whereas, Franklin E. Correll and his wife, Opal T. Correll, having no children of their own, were greatly loved by the hundreds of "adopted" students at NCSU who enjoyed the benefits of his tutelage and warm friendship; and
Whereas, Franklin E. Correll is survived by five of the nine brothers and sisters in his family, namely Talton E. Correll and Russell Lee Correll of Woodleaf, Spence M. Correll of Madison Heights, Virginia, Juanita Hendricks of Raleigh and Lois Mae Coon of Conover;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
Section 1. That the General Assembly honors the memory of Franklin E. Correll and expresses the deep gratitude and appreciation of this State and its citizens for his life and service to North Carolina.
Sec. 2. That this resolution shall become a part of the public record of this Session of the General Assembly and a copy shall be certified by the Secretary of State and transmitted to the family of Franklin E. Correll.
Sec. 3. That this resolution shall become effective upon ratification.