Mr. James Fraser Cornell, Jr.
Mr. Cornell, age 71, of Charlotte passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital Main.
He was born December 19, 1940 in Charlotte, North Carolina the son of James Fraser Cornell, Sr. and Catherine Parker Cornell.
Mr. Cornell achieved an Undergraduate Degree at UNC Chapel Hill in Geology, a Masters Degree at NC State in Entomology and a PhD at Oregon State in Entomology with minor in both Geology and Paleontology. James was a member of the Chancellor's Club at NC State University, SCAN and the Entomological Society. He was a two time Fulbright Scholar and went to both India, Kenya and traveled with family to Peru, Mexico, and France. He taught at Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College and North Carolina State University until he began a career teaching at high school level at Independence and East Mecklenburg High School in the I.B. Program.
He was an avid naturalist who discovered many new species of beetles six of which are named after his family and self. His collections are in museums around the world and he is primarily known for his work on Staphylinidae.
James won the bronze in the International Stamp Exhibit and was a philanthropist who helped to create businesses in Africa.
Surviving are his loving wife of 47 years, Sandra Cornell, sons, James Cornell and Thomas Cornell; nephews, Donovan and Todd; and nieces, Annie and Kathy.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, June 21, 2012 at McEwen Funeral Service, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Young Entomologist Society, 6907 W. Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906 or the Heifer International, www.Heiferinternational.org.
Condolences at www.McEwenfs.com.