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Mark Corts died Aug. 29 at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Corts, 68, who died of congestive heart failure after a lengthy illness, was president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina from 1977-79; trustee chairman of the SBC’s then-Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) from 1988-90 during 10 years of service as a trustee; chairman of the SBC’s Resolutions Committee in 1990; and chairman of the SBC’s Committee on Committees in 1995.

C. Ben Mitchell, a consultant for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been named director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Mitchell is an associate professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Franklin Owen, executive secretary of the Kentucky Baptist Convention from 1972-83, died Aug. 30 in Lexington. He was 93.

Owen was state convention president in 1964-65. He also served as a trustee of Georgetown College, the Western Recorder, the former Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources) and Southern Seminary.