The Department of Foods and Nutrition inducted five people into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 1st. The Hall of Fame Awards program honors people from the varied fields of foods and nutrition who have made significant contributions to academia, industry and their communities.
The 2008 recipients are:
* Pamela J. Fraker, a professor and biologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., earned her bachelor's degree in 1966. She examines nutritional immunology and how white blood cells respond to stress in her research. Fraker is a 2007 inductee to the National Academy of Sciences.
* Ilo Wolff Matchett, of Oklahoma City, Okla., served as an administrator for the University of Chicago Medical Center's Food Services for 39 years prior to her retirement. Matchett, who earned her bachelor's degree in 1940, has been a frequent benefactor to Purdue's Department of Foods and Nutrition, funding the Ilo Wolffe Matchett Food Science Laboratory in Stone Hall among other projects.
* Mary Ellen Posthauer, a registered dietitian and consultant to Supreme Care West, Inc. Posthauer, of Evansville, Ind., is an expert in the treatment of decubitous sores, commonly known as bed sores or pressure sores. She was president of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and is currently the alumni adviser to the NPUAP board of directors. She earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1960.
* Sister Mary Alan Stuart created Appalachian Outreach Nutritional Services in 1992. Stuart, of Lexington, Ky., was formerly director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Kentucky and an associate member of the graduate faculty. She earned her doctorate from Purdue in 1983. She also endowed a scholarship for non-traditional dietetic students in honor of her parents, Arthur and Cecilia Stuart.
* Deborah L. Woehler, a registered dietitian from Houston, Texas, is the executive director and a founding board member of the Cluthe and William B. Oliver Foundation. The nonprofit foundation works to prevent childhood obesity through teaching healthy eating habits and physical activity in schools, community centers, museums and other venues. As a dietitian, Woehler has served in all three arms of practice, including food service management, clinical and community dietetics. She earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1976.
If you have a nomination suggestion for the 2009 Hall of Fame, please contact Marleen Troyer, 765-494-1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about nomination criteria, consult the Hall of Fame website at www.cfs.purdue.edu/fn/alumni/hall_of_fame.shtml.