Dr. Lenora Moragne, a distinguished public servant and former Academy Board member, passed away on April 1, 2020. Prior to her passing, she worked with our Foundation to establish the Lenora Moragne Memorial Award and has endowed the Foundation with a $100,000 gift from her estate. This award will encourage and support the development of legislative and executive advancement in public policy and nutrition among Academy membership, which honors her career long work and passion in our profession.
Dr. Moragne’s illustrious career spanned sixty years and included positions in hospitals, industry, nutrition publishing, academia, and government. Dr. Moragne’s leadership positions within the Federal Government include; Head of Nutrition Education and Training for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Nutrition Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Professional Staff Member in Nutrition for former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. She was the first professional female (of any race or ethnic group) to be employed by the Senate Agriculture Committee.
In addition, Dr. Moragne was a voice for nutrition and dietetics policy as the Founding Editor and Publisher of three newsletters; Nutrition Legislation and Regulatory News, The Nutrition Funding Report, and the Black Congressional Monitor. She was also featured in the May, 1978 Ebony article entitled, The Bright Young Bunch on Capital Hill, 28 Black legislative aides provide expert advice for members of the U.S. Senate.
Dr. Moragne also served in many volunteer leadership roles throughout her career. She became a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (then the American Dietetic Association) in 1955 and served on the Academy Board of Directors from 1981 to 1984. She also served as President of the Society for Nutrition Education and Chairperson of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association. She was an elected member of the Cornell University Council, Nominee for the Cornell University Board of Trustees, and the Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Citation at Iowa State University in Ames. In May 2003, the President of Cornell University appointed her to the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Lenora was born on September 29, 1931 in Evanston, IL and earned her B.S. in nutrition at Iowa State University, and her M.S. (1959) and Ph.D. (1969) degrees in nutrition from Cornell University.
Our Foundation is honored to continue Dr. Moragne’s legacy and tireless work in nutrition policy through this newly established Award. Our Foundation is a catalyst for “carrying the flame” and providing opportunities for these great pioneers and leaders in nutrition and dietetics to honor their vision and legacy. More than one hundred scholarship, award and research grants have been established with our Foundation to ensure a leader, donor or loved one’s great work continues on through our Foundation. If you would like information on how to establish an endowment for a scholarship, award or research grant, please contact Susie Burns at email@example.com or 312-899-4752.
Dr. Lenora Moragne, Ph.D., RD
1931 – 2020