Magazine article Corrections Forum

February 2, 2005, Was a Sad Day for the American Correctional Food Service Association

Magazine article Corrections Forum

February 2, 2005, Was a Sad Day for the American Correctional Food Service Association

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The Board of Directors and members are mourning the death of their beloved founder, Al Richardson.

In 1969, he recognized a need for Correctional Food Service Professionals to have an association that was unique to their field. The Dietetic Association had ADA, the Dietary Managers had DMA and School Food Service had ASFSA. These folks were recognized as professionals in their field and Al wanted the same for the correctional arena. So, the fledgling American Correctional Foodservice Association (ACFSA) was formed. Since that time, ACFSA has grown from a National Association to an International Association and is recognized as the leading authority on correctional food service.

Al has been in declining health and leading a semiinvalid life for the last few years. He loved the correctional food service folks and meeting with them at our conferences. Al was a "people person" and loved being of service to others. He always had a smile and wanted to know what was going on in your life, professional and personal-he was really interested!

When we think of Al, a quote by George Bernard Shaw comes to mind, "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. …

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