Dr. Henry Pridgen Fleming, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, passed away on March 15, 2013 at the age of 80 years old. Henry was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 9, 1932 to Henry Pridgen Fleming, Sr. and Sallie Lamm Fleming. Henry was raised on his family farm in the farming community of Lucama in Wilson County, NC.
Henry received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Illinois. Before pursuing his graduate degrees, Henry served two years in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant.
Henry was initially employed at Merck Laboratories in Elkton, Virginia before returning to Raleigh and NCSU to become a Research Leader at the USDA Food Fermentation Laboratory and Professor in the Department of Food Science. He retired from NCSU in 2003 after nearly 40 years. Henry was recognized internationally for research on fermented and acidified vegetables. Research contributions include 462 publications, abstracts, presentations, and patents. He was a scientific advisor to the pickle and sauerkraut industries and received several prestigious industry and government awards. He was a collaborator and mentor of many scientists and students. He enjoyed mentoring his 31 graduate students and post-doctoral students, who have begun outstanding scientific careers of their own.
Henry was the Scoutmaster of Troop 376 of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church of Raleigh for several years, providing great leadership to the troop. He was also the baseball coach for the “Roadrunners” Youth Baseball Team in Raleigh.
Henry had a lifelong passion for golf and loved playing with his close friend and fellow NCSU colleague, Dr. Ervin Humphries. Henry was an enthusiastic NC State Wolfpack fan and a member of the NC State Wolfpack Club.
Henry was a devoted Christian. He and his family were early members of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, where Henry was a Sunday School teacher in his children’s classes. One of his greatest honors was being an Elder in the church.
Henry is survived by Irene, his wife of 58 years; three children, Richard, Ronald, and Elizabeth; six grandchildren, Jason, Craig, Adrianne, Alicia, Ryan, and Johannes Tic; and two great-grandchildren, Claire and MaKenzie. Henry was preceded in death by his father, Henry Pridgen Fleming, Sr. and mother, Sallie Lamm Fleming.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice and of Duke Raleigh Hospital for their compassion and care of Henry.
A celebration of Henry’s life will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:00pm at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church at 4921 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609.
Donations in memory of Henry can be made to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Henry was a wonderful husband, father, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, uncle, cousin, and friend. We love him deeply and will miss him dearly.