Mr. James F. Cornell Jr.

December 19, 1940June 17, 2012

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, Condolences at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 21, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mr. James F. Cornell Jr.

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Linda Palmer

July 10, 2012

Sandra, My Prayers & Blessings are with you and your family. May our Lord Jesus Christ put a hedge of protection around you and comfort you in your time of need, always and forever. Always keep him close in your heart and he will always be with you. Your friend Always & Forever.

July 7, 2012

Having lost my husband after 43 years of marriage I certainly can identify with some of the loss and pain you are enduring at this time. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of bereavement.

Kay Davis Grady (Class of '63)

Jewett Alley

July 7, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

Ben Cooper

July 6, 2012

Sandra, I send my condolences to you and your family on the lost of your husband,Dr. Cornell. We meet at our 2007 class reunion. I have read all the comments made by his students and friends and I wish I had known him as a friend. He will be missed but not forgoten. God Bless.

Judy Riley

July 6, 2012

Sandra and Family,I was so sorry to hear you lost your husband so unexpectantly after so many years of love and marriage. I know your heart is broken. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Judy Kornegay Riley

Laura Ruble

July 5, 2012

Dr. Cornell was an inspiration to his many students. His encouraging love for the natural sciences inspired me to pursue a career in science education, and I will forever be grateful for all he taught me.

Crystal Williams

July 5, 2012

So sorry to hear this. I loved Mr. Cornell. He was such a wonderful man and a wonderful teacher. My prayers are with his family.


July 2, 2012

Dr. Cornell was my biology teacher at Independence. You could tell he had a passion for science and teaching, and for life, too. (That was somewhat lost on my teenage self, but I can see it looking back.) Almost 25 years later, I still remember my science project (I think he took pity on me), watching a meerkat film (you had to be there), and hanging out in his lab during lunchtime with friends (we weren't the cool kids, but we had fun, and I think he enjoyed having us). I'm very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Beth Nathan (Henry)

July 2, 2012

Dr. Cornell was my International Studies Biology teacher at Independence High school during the 89/90 school year. He made such an impact on all of us and was hands down my favorite teacher. He will surely be missed for his academic achievements but also for being a great friend and teacher for so many. His love for his field was infectious and we were so lucky to have been a part of his fun. My love goes out to his family, thanks for sharing him.

Jomia Voma

June 28, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.