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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Woodbury

Remembering Tammy Abernethy




Micropropagation and Repository Unit (MPRU) colleagues are mourning the loss of Tamara Abernethy. Tammy retired from the MPRU in 2021 after 32 years of working in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State. She spent time in multiple programs in the department and played a key role at the MPRU sweetpotato program running the production of clean seed for certified seed growers in the lab and the greenhouse. She passed away on December 22, 2023 in Colorado due to health complications. Tammy was a graduate of the Ohio State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in plant pathology and was an avid Buckeyes fan. She loved animals and enjoyed training her Labrador retrievers to compete in numerous obedience and agility trials over the years. She also loved the outdoors and planting flowers. Tammy, whose contributions impacted the NC sweetpotato community in many ways, will be dearly missed.


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