Larry L. Trammell oversaw a 68-employee unit responsible for grounds maintenance for the main campus, snow and ice removal, vehicle maintenance for the Physical Plant, forestry, and set-up for major special events such as University Day and Commencement.
According to the citation, his accomplishments included “designing and planning for the plantings on campus, from seedlings and bedding plants to the most carefully tended and trimmed mature shrubs and trees, to all the surprising touches of beauty in garden nooks, to all the miles of brick walks and stone walls.”
He came to the University in 1967 from Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina, where he also was responsible for landscape. The citation described his work as outstanding, devoted and of sustained superiority.
“He has a comprehensive overview of his job and a fierce dedication to the excellent performance of its smallest detail,” it said. “His leadership and nurture of his grounds crew have made them evince his dedication and devotion to the University in the work they do.”
Trammell earned a bachelor of science degree in plant science from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a master of ornamental horticulture degree at N.C. State University, where he also taught.