In Memory Of

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In Memory Of


Jeanne Priester, retired USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Service (NIFA) national program leader (NPL) for aging, died April 13, 2010. Priester began her career as a home economist for Alabama Gas Company in Opelika, AL. In the early 1960s she became an Alabama Extension state specialist, where she led a USDA pilot project to reach young homemakers in lowincome rural areas in five pilot counties. That project became the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). She worked with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and spent most of her career in Washington, DC, where she worked as an NPL for EFNEP with the Federal Extension Service in the Home Economics and Human Nutrition Unit. Her responsibilities as a NPL included being the national advisor to the National Extension Homemakers Council, a membership organization of Extension clientele, which became the National Association of Family and Community Education Clubs. She was also involved with the creation of the 1972 Mulligan Stew 4-H nutrition TV series that reached millions of youth. Priester helped design Team Nutrition with USDAs Food and Nutrition Service. The annual National Priester Health Conference and award remains a tribute to her. She was a 53 -year member of AAFCS and a 1993 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Dr. Ruth Faye Constance Smith Davis, long-time AAFCS member and president-elect for the National Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences (NCBDFCS), passed away on July 6, 2010. Dr. Davis, professor and former chair of the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama, began at the University in 1964. She had recently retired from Oakwood as chair of the department and planned to return to teaching this fall. …

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