Passing of Walt Mozingo Peanut Notes No. 51 2023
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It is with sadness that I let you know that Walt Mozingo passed away late last week. I have included a link that provides information on Walt’s life and the arrangements for his funeral. Walt made many contributions to the peanut industry. He was involved in leadership with the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) and other organizations. More locally, Walt established and maintained the Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation (PVQE) program that served peanut farmers and the peanut industry in the Virginia-Carolina region for many years. His work with variety testing helped the farming, shelling, and processing communities work together more effectively while building the peanut industry as we know it today.
On a personal level, Walt was one of the first people in the peanut industry that I met when I began my career at NC State in 1996. Within the first few weeks in my role as Peanut Specialist, I traveled to research stations and on-farm sites associated with PVQE. Walt was always a joy to be around and freely passed along his knowledge of peanuts and the peanut industry. My first trip outside of the United States was with Walt and Drs. Charles Swann and John Baldwin during a visit to Argentina in 1998. Being able to spend time with these individuals in that setting was an amazing and educational experience. That was just the beginning of many fond memories interacting with Walt.