Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Obituary: Dr. Helen Ada Loftis

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Obituary: Dr. Helen Ada Loftis

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Helen Ada Loftis was born in Greenville, SC, the first child of Edward Earle and Viola Hester Loftis. Her early schooling was in the Greenville Public Schools. After earning her Bachelor's of Science degree at Winthrop College, Helen began her distinguished career in education as a home economics teacher at Fairforest High School in Spartanburg. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee, earning a Master's of Science degree. Further education was at the Pennsylvania State University where she was awarded a Doctorate of Education degree in 1962.

After receiving her doctorate, Helen returned to Winthrop as a Professor in the School of Home Economics. During her tenure on the Winthrop faculty, she chaired the Home Economics Education Department and the Home Economics Graduate Program. She also served as the Joynes Center Professor of Vocational Education and Associate Director for Continuing Education. Helen was recognized for her excellence in teaching and advising students and her contributions to Winthrop by being named Winthrop Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Professor.

Helen was active at the local, state, and national levels in several professional organizations, including the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (American Home Economics Association), the American Vocational Association, the Association for Teacher Education, the Association for Student Teaching, the American Association of University Professors, and the American Association of University Women. …

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