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April 7, 2015

United States

Texas—Cornelius Mock Dies at 82


“Cornelius Raymond Mock was born in Amarillo, Texas on March 9, 1933.  He was born to Rosalie Cornelius and Raymond Mock.  Cornelius, fondly known as “Corny”, was a Boy Scout and then an Eagle Scout.  He went to Amarillo High School and upon graduation he worked while paying his way through Amarillo Junior College.  He was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  Because of his coursework in Biology he worked in four different labs including the Army’s bacteriology lab.  He attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Geology.  He met George Mitchell through a college friend and went to work for him in Louisiana where he continued his education at Tulane University and Louisiana State University.  Along the way Corny earned another Bachelors of Science in Biology, but because of his thirst for learning, he ultimately attained over 350 college credit hours, which included graduate courses in Oceanography and Fisheries.  He went to work at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Galveston in 1959.  Corny conducted aquaculture field studies in the Gulf of Mexico and the bays surrounding Galveston.  ...As an agent of the USA Government he traveled to many countries to determine the feasibility of shrimp farming abroad.  He helped other nations develop their own shrimp farming industries thus improving the lives of people in developing nations like Ecuador and China.  Corny retired from NMFS in 1989 and had a successful consulting career until 1995 when he retired permanently.  He lived with his wife of 53 years, Lucia, until his death....


Corny Mock was a man who experienced many challenges in his lifetime and overcame [them] because of his commitment to doing what’s right.  He believed that ‘Once you lose your integrity, you will never get it back’.  Cornelius Raymond Mock will be missed by many around the world as a brilliant scientist and a beloved Galvestonian.”


Shrimp News: In the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, Corny Mock was, perhaps, the most famous, or infamous, person in world shrimp farming, mostly for his trip reports from shrimp consulting assignments around the world, but also for his salty language, over-the-top personality and personal vendettas.  If you have a “Corny” story you would like me to consider posting to this site, please forward it to Bob Rosenberry at


Sources: 1. The Daily News.  Cornelius Raymond Mock.  March 15, 2015.  2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, April 7, 2015.

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