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November 13, 2006

Blalock inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Blalock award presentation
Dr. Carlton Blalock holds the plaque, announcing his induction into the 4-H Hall of Fame. With him are, from left, Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4-H Council; Dr. Cathann Kress, National Director of 4-H Youth Development; and Clyde Jackson, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA).

More luster was added to Dr. T. Carlton Blalock’s illustrious career of agricultural leadership recently, when he was inducted as a 2006 National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate. Blalock was honored Oct. 6 – coincidentally, his 82nd birthday -- in ceremonies at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., during National 4-H Week. He was nominated by the 4-H program in North Carolina.

Blalock, who retired as director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service after serving from 1978 to 1981, was North Carolina’s State 4-H Leader from 1964 to 1970. He has also served as president of the 4-H Development Fund and the Cooperative Extension Service Fund, and as executive vice president of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina.

A Wilson County native, Blalock grew up in a Master Farm Family in Lucama. There he participated in 4-H as a youth, serving as president on the local and county levels. A World War II veteran, he holds N.C. State University bachelor’s (1948) and master’s (1952) degrees in animal husbandry, as well as a doctorate (1963) in extension administration from the University of Wisconsin. He began working as an Extension dairy specialist in 1951.

His many career honors and accolades include 1990 Man of the Year in Service to North Carolina and Virginia Agriculture, the 1981 Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award and the 1979 USDA Superior Service Award. The latter award recognized his early-1970s pioneering activities in North Carolina’s insect pest management education programs.

“This year’s National 4-H Hall of Fame laureates have impacted millions of 4-H youth, leading by example with their passion, dedication and creativity and helping to build strong leaders and citizens,” said National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) President Lisa Lauxman. “We are proud to celebrate their contributions by welcoming these inspirational people into the 4-H Hall of Fame.”

American Income Life Insurance Company partnered with National 4-H Council to support the ceremony. The National 4-H Hall of Fame is sponsored online by NAE4-HA at www.nae4ha.org/hof.

4-H is the youth development program of Cooperative Extension. Youth develop personal life skills and acquire knowledge by participating in a variety of 4-H projects that are grounded in the research base of the program’s land-grant university partners. Each year, more than 6.5 million 4-H members and more than 500,000 youth and adult volunteers celebrate National 4-H Week during the first full week in October.

–T. Leith

Posted by Natalie at November 13, 2006 02:06 PM