Obituary Note Janett GIBBS, USA
Jeanette (Janett) Anderson GIBBS, a well-respected Home Economist, travel guide, humanitarian and volunteer peacefully passed to the spiritual realm on March 21st, 2017.
Born on March 4th, 1922 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, Jeanette was the daughter of the late Thurston and Betty Anderson. Following her graduation from Hazlehurst High School, Jeanette received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Home Economics from Mississippi State College for Women and a second Master's degree at The University of Tennessee. She also earned a Certificate in Gerontology from The University of Georgia.
Jeanette's career was multifaceted. She taught school, served as a Home Economist, first with the East Mississippi Electric Membership Cooperation, and then with the Central Appliance Company, taught Home Management at Carson-Newman College and became a Family Resource Management Specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in 1974, retiring 10 years later. One highlight of her career was the creation of the Independent Living Training Program for home skills in collaboration with the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute. Her second career was as an income tax preparer, from 1985 - 2012, primarily with The Tax Shelter.
Jeanette was an active member of several professional organidsations, including, both the American and Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, International Home Economics Services, and International Federation for Home Economic (IFHE). She was honored with a Distinguished Services Awards from AAFCS and IFHE the highest award given by this association.
Jeanette served on numerous committees, held office and chaired numerous projects. One of these, Project Identify and Recognize, identified over 200 Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals who had served in the U.S. Military.
Jeanette's love of travel also led her to conduct International Study Tours every two years in conjunction with the IFHE Council Meeting beginning in 1984. Her last tour, a train trip across Canada was in 2012, at age 90. Through these organisations, her church and on her own, Jeanette's accomplishments in volunteerism were monumental. Her passions for education and for financial independence for women throughout the world led her to numerous projects. She led service projects in 17 countries, including conducting income generation workshops particularly in Latin American countries, disaster relief projects in countries such as Grenada and Antigua, and fundraising to support renovation and expansion of schools in Liberia. Jeanette was honored to have the "Sister Gibbs Library" named for her in a school in Monrovia, Liberia.
Jeanette was known to many as "The Scissors Lady". Following 9/11, Jeanette collaborated with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport to collect scissors confiscated by airport security. Eventually over 26,000 pairs of scissors and other supplies donated by individuals and companies were distributed to teachers and homemakers in countries in need throughout the world.
Jeanette was recognised for her efforts in 1996 with the Wiley-Berger Award for Volunteer Service and 2008, Distinguished Service Award, both from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She also received a service award from IFHE.
Jeanette's Christian faith was very important to her. She thought intensely about it and actively lived her beliefs. She was an active member of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, leading workshops, conducting fundraising for Mission work in Liberia and serving as a Deacon.
Jeanette also belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as both President and Treasurer and the Order of the Eastern Star. Family was very important to Jeanette. She was her family's genealogist and belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Submitted by: Juanita MENDENHALL, IHES Past President, USA
Obituary Note Dr. Alberta HILL, USA
Dr. Alberta Dee HILL
(October 25th, 1918 - March 18th, 2017)
Dr. Alberta Dee HILL passed away 18th, 2017 at her home in Meridian, after a brief illness, with family at her side. She was born October 25th, 1918 in Payette, Idaho. Alberta graduated from the University of Idaho with Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education in 1939.
Alberta taught high school Home Economics and Adult Education in both Hailey Idaho and Preston, Idaho. She also coached soft ball with her intruction manual in hand. In April of 1943 Alberta joined the Women's Army Corp and served until January of 1946 at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA.
Alberta received her Masters of Art in Education from Columbia University of New York. She completed her Doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Alberta was an Assistant Professor of Home Economics Education, teaching at the University of North Dakota, the University of Connecticut , Idaho State University, and the University of Illinois from 1947 until 1959.
Alberta was Program Specialist, Vocational Division, for the US Office of Education in Washington, D.C. from 1959 until 1965. Alberta then served as Department Head of the School of Home Economics at Iowa State University until 1969 when she moved back to the northwest and joined the Faculty of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, becoming Dean of the College of Home Economics in 1975.
Before and after retirement from WSU Alberta was Senior Technical Advisor for USAID/WSU Eastern Island Project in Indonesia. Alberta continued to work as a consultant through the International for Home Economics for the Ministry of Education and Culture for Sir Arthur Lewis College in St. Lucia, West Indies, until 1995. Alberta remained very involved with her profession well into her 90's Alberta remained on the Executive Board of IHES until she moved to Emeritus status at the age of 96.
Alberta enjoyed extensive international travel throughtout her life. She began prior to joining the US Office of Education, cashing in her U of C retirement to do a world tour visiting Europe, India, Pakistan, China and Thailand. She travelled to international meetings in Europe, Scandinavia and Asia for many years. Alberta travelled to New Zealand and to the Australian outback for her 70th Birthday. Her last International trip was to Switzerland and Latvia in her 90th year.
Alberta was very active in multiple State, Regional, National, and International Professional Organisations for 70 years. Alberta received the Distuished Service Award from the AHEA in 1993. Alberta was also an active Alumna of the University Idaho receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award from the School of Family and Consumer Science in 1977. Alberta received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Idaho in recognition of her national and international leadership in higher education.
Alberta gave the same degree of professional and energy to the United Church of Moscow, the WSU Common Ministry, the University of Idaho Institute of Christian Education. The Area Agency on Aging and the International Women's Network advisory Council. She also volunteered at the Pullman Regional Hospital until well into the 90's.
Alberta was also a leader in the scinece and development of education to strengthen families throughout the world, but her greatest achievements and her most eduring legacy is in the hearts minds of dear friends and those lucky few that knew her as Aunt Berdie.
Submitted by: Juanita MENDENHALL, IHES Past President, USA
Obituary Note Dr. Genevieve (Jenny) A. SCHROEDER, USA
Genevieve A. SCHROEDER
IFHE lost a passionate Home Economist!
The International Federation for Home Economics, IFHE was saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Genevieve (Jenny) A. SCHROEDER on February 12th 2017.
Jenny graduated from Ohio State University with a B.Sc., M.Sc. and received her Ph.D. in 1978. She was a very committed Educator, teaching Home Economics at the High School and college levels; worked with the State of Ohio Department of Education, as a Radio Editor, with the Ohio Extension Service; and finally as an Academic Coordinator and Advisor at the Ohio State University for 20 years. She was a longstanding member of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) who was actively involved in serving the Association, and currently serving as IFHE Vice-President for the Region of the Americas of the International Federation for Home Economics.
The list of activities and commitment on national and global level is impressive. She supported AAFCS, the IFHE-US and the IFHE in many ways. Jenny devoted lots of time and energy to the IFHE. As an example, she was engaged in activities around the International Year of the Family 1994 and presented at the NGO-Forum in Malta.
A special focus of Jenny was the history of Home Economics and most of all the history of IFHE and IFHE-US. With great passion, Jenny supported the IFHE History, DVD and History Book. From her point of view the history of the federation always is a very valuable source for the present and future of a federation. As IFHE Vice-President for the Region of the Americas Jenny supported the work of the IFHE Executive Committee with great enthusiasm. Her comments and contributions were always based on thorough examinations and analysis.
It is, indeed, a great loss not only for her family, but also, for all of us, the IFHE Members around the world. We all acknowledge her love and dedication to the IFHE as an IFHE Vice-President for the Region of the Americas. Her sincere devotion and contribution to IFHE will remain in our memories forever.
IFHE President 2016 - 2020
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IFHE Distinguished Award 2016
Based on a nomination as co joint winner the IFHE Executive Committee decided at its meeting on 1st March 2016 to award Nancy GRANOVSKY, USA and Dr. Gertraud PICHLER, Austria with the IFHE Distinguished Service Award 2016.
Carol WARREN, IFHE President 2012 – 2016, proclaimed the winners of the IFHE Distinguished Award 2016 at the Closing Ceremony of the IFHE Congress 2016 in Daejeon, Korea and presented the trophies to Nancy GRANOVSKY, and Dr. Gertraud PICHLER.
In her laudation Carol WARREN stated: These two IFHE Members have been selected jointly as they served in the office of IFHE President at a difficult time in the history of IFHE, each provided thoughtful and significant leadership that helped to ensure the survival of IFHE. They also contributed to the IFHE Activities on global and regional level in an outstanding way. Throughout a critical period for IFHE, both IFHE Presidents Nancy GRANOVSKY and Gertraud PICHLER provided calm, steady and thoughtful leadership. Both nominees are long time and committed members of IFHE, and each has served at all levels of IFHE: active participation in IFHE Committees; serving as Country Representatives to the IFHE Council; election as a Member of Executive Committee; serving as Vice-Presidents of their Region; and election as IFHE President and their designation as IFHE President of Honour. Each was also active in various IFHE Activities in their own country and in their Region.
Between their respective Presidencies, they championed the outstanding work of rescuing the organisation and re-establishing its financial and programmatic soundness for its continuity and viability.
Janice MAISON, Guyana, Former IFHE Vice-President 2006 - 2010 passed away
Tribute to Janice V. P. MAISON, CAHE POH, CPHE
It is with anguish and a deep sense of loss that we received the news of the swift passing of Janice Vilma Patricia MAISON, teacher, leader, colleague, nutritionist, food technologist, researcher, mentor, friend, confidante and entrepreneur; born on the 14th April 1950 in British Guiana now the Republic of Guyana, South America.
Janice attended The Bishops High School, the top high school for girls in the country gaining a solid educational foundation and finishing skills that equipped her for the magnitude of pursuits to follow. She gained a Trained Teachers Certificate majoring in Home Economics, a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Guyana, a Master of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Manitoba and several Diplomas and Certificates ranging from studies in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Catering, Nutrition, Business and Research.
In her professional career of well over forty years she worked as a teacher of Home Economics in secondary schools, Head of Home Economics Departments, part-time lecturer at the University of Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, the Carnegie School of Home Economics, Consultant for the Pan American Health Organisation, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund and other International organisations as well as the former Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute. She was Country Project Coordinator for many projects and also worked as Nutrition educator and trainer for several government and non governmental agencies especially with women in grass root communities in rural areas of Guyana. At the time of her retirement she was the Director of the Food and Nutrition Policy Unit Ministry of Health in Guyana with overall responsibilities for defining food and nutrition problems and the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of food and nutrition policies, plans and programmes.
Janice travelled widely mainly fuelled by her involvement in professional activities touching all of the continents except the Antarctica and Oceana. She was closely affiliated to the Bishops High School Alumni Association and the Caribbean Association of Nutritionists and Diabetics (CANDi) where she served as President from 1995 - 1997. She was a valued member and Consultant for the Guyana Association of Home Economists (GAHE) and a member since 1974. She served three different stints as President of that Association. Janice was well respected by all especially the young Home Economists. She was their key role model and biggest fan.
Her journey with the Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc. (CAHE) began in 1982 and she served in many capacities, first as Chairperson Research Committee 1993 – 1997. It was during this period that she was influential in the development of a number of structures for the Association including its Code of Ethics, engineering the compilation of the History of Home Economics in the Caribbean and initiating discussions with Mc MILLAN for the preparation and publishing of the CAHE recipe book, finally published in 2006. She also served as 1st Vice President, 1997 - 1999, 2nd Vice President, 1999 - 2000, President, 2001 - 2005; Immediate Past President, 2005 - 2009 and was a Consultant to CAHE at the time of her passing. This long and meritorious career led to her membership in the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE). She maintained unbroken membership from 1996 and served as member on Executive Committee as the representative for the Region of the Americas 2004 – 2006 then as the IFHE Vice-President for the Region of the Americas, 2006 - 2010.
Mrs. MAISON was a presenter at numerous local, regional and international conferences and workshops and spoke on topics ranging from nutrition, consumerism, sustainable development and poverty alleviation both on behalf of the Government of Guyana and her professional affiliations. Her most prized research project was her Masters thesis "The optimisation of soy-enriched rice-cassava yeast bread using response surface methodology". She was constantly engaged in data collection and other research activities for local and international nutrition related agencies.
Many publications are attributed to her name and she was an avid contributor to "Cajanus", the publication of the then Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute's quarterly, the Caribbean Home Economist and its newsletters over the years. Her work was also published in the Guyana Review and the Guyana National News Magazine to name a few. She was the brainchild, contributor and editor in chief of the Caribbean Association of Home Economist's Inc. recipe book "An Adventure in Caribbean Cuisine" a historical perspective of Caribbean and recipes. She was also instrument in the writing and publication of the "CAHE Chronicles: The first 30 years".
Several organisations recognised her service, commitment and outstanding achievements. She was heralded best graduating student in her class by the University of Guyana and won a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to study for the Master of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She also received the prestigious CAHE Gold Pin Award and awards from the Guyana Teachers Union and the University of Guyana Guild of Graduates to name a few.
Janice was in every essence the model professional that went beyond the call of duty in executing her assignments. She loved life and is remembered for her congenial spirit and voluntary work, the latest being chairmanship of the IFHE team for the United Nations Department of Public Information Conference in July 2015 in New York. Her advocacy for Home Economics and as a member of the national breast feeding thrust in Guyana are treasured since these impacted many lives for the better.
Janice was fashionable and until recently enjoyed strutting across catwalks as a model for several fashion designers. She loved to dance. She was also a talented baker and cake decorator. "Cakes by J" was her passion. Bridal cakes were her forte.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, Leyland, step and adopted children, sisters, many relatives, friends, high school alumni, church family and the Home Economics fraternity. She has given yeoman service to her community, her nation and to the wider world. She left an indelible footprint wherever she went. Her smile, her laughter, her kindness, her caring nature and her zest for live will forever be remembered.
May her precious soul rest in peace!
Submitted by: Audrey JONES-DRAYTON, IFHE EC Member Region of the Americas
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News Action of Solidarity: IFHE Membership Support Fund
Dear IFHE Member,
Perhaps you participated in IFHE Council in London, Ontario in 2014, in the Annual Meeting in Malta in 2015 or in the Annual Meeting this year in London, England. At these meetings the Finance Committee discussed how it would be best to help IFHE Members, who need financial support in order to pay their membership fee.
We plan to set up a Membership Support Fund (MSF), asking IFHE Members or others for donations to this fund which will only be used to pay the first year’s membership fee of (potential) IFHE Members, who ask for this support. A maximum of € 40 will be paid (the amount will depend on the money available and the number of requests received).
According to the decision of the IFHE Finance & Membership Committee the donor would get an official receipt for the donation from the IFHE Office and could, if they wished indicate if they would like their donation used to help members from a specific country.
First we must set up the MSF and then – according to the money we get - the detailed guidelines for applications will be published via the IFHE Newsletter. Applicants will have to explain why they are seeking support. There will be no time limit for applications, but hopefully this Fund can start to support others from 2017 onwards. A jury of IFHE Members (including the Treasurer and Executive Director) will decide if the application should be accepted.
As Treasurer General I hope that many IFHE Members will express their interest and solidarity with members who do not have sufficient financial means.
You can transfer the money to the IFHE Bank account, transfer it with credit card or give it in cash at the IFHE Congress in Korea. Please contact the IFHE Office or the Treasurer for any further questions.
Submitted by: Elisabeth LEICHT-ECKARDT, IFHE Treasurer
Research Supervision Award from Griffith University Vice Chancellor (April 2016)
Professor Dr. Donna PENDERGAST, School of Education and Professional Studies
Since her appointment as the Head of School Education and Profession Studies in 2009, Professor Pendergast has maintained a continuous and full load of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student supervision that far exceeds her teaching and learning time allocation. In that time Donna has supervised 10 Griffith and 13 University of Queensland PhD students to completion and currently supervises 11 HDR students. As Head of School, Donna has ensured that the school culture embraces the importance and value of HDR and the contribution it makes to the school.
Submitted by: Sue McGREGOR, Canada
Leadership Development Award (Doris Badir) - Call for Proposals
The Canadian Home Economics is pleased to announce the first Call for Proposals for the Doris Badir Award in Home Economics/Human Ecology Leadership.
Doris BADIR, Ph.Ec., was a Canadian Home Economist highly respected throughout the world. She was a leader within the Home Economics profession, serving as president of both the Canadian Home Economics Association (1976 - 1978) and the International Federation for Home Economics (1988 - 1992). As part of her work with IFHE, she was instrumental in influencing the United Nations to declare 1994 as the International Year of the Family. In academia, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Home Economics at the University of Alberta; following her term as Dean, she was Advisor to the President of equity issues until her retirement in 1990. For her international leadership in Home Economics, she was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba and Helsinki. Doris passed away in June, 2011 at the age of 87.
1. Proposals for funds may be requested for the following purposes:
a) To support leadership development activities by Canadian and/or international Professional Home Economists and Professional Human Ecologists.
b) To support an individual or a group/team/organisation leadership project. Examples of eligible activities include leadership training workshops, team-building projects with professional organisations, leadership or team-building activities within an international context, training for collaborative research, and travel for attendance at any of the above.
2. At least one member of the project group must be a Canadian Home Economist/human ecologist, or other professional in a Home Economics/human ecology related field (i.e. Graduates from a university program in nutrition, family studies, consumer studies, clothing, textiles, etc.)
Terms of Reference:
1. A maximum amount of $1,000 will be disbursed during any one fiscal year. More than one grant of lesser value may be awarded.
2. Applications of no more than four pages must include all the information requested in the application form.
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3. For international projects, at least one applicant must be a Canadian Home Economist/human ecologist who must be responsible for the accounting of the funds awarded, and if money is to be spent in another country it is recommended that the funds be kept in Canada until required, whenever possible. This award may be used to complement the Engberg-Fewster International Development Grant.
4. The fund will not support travel of Canadians to international conferences, or assist Canadian Home Economists/human ecologists in participating in the activities of the International Federation for Home Economics IFHE.
Deadline for applications (using the form provided) is February 28th, 2016.
The committee will consider requests for application extensions.
Submit the completed application electronically as an email PDF attachment to the Doris Badir Award Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. This committee will review applications and recommend recipients to the CHE Foundation Executive for a final decision by April 1st, 2016
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A report and copies of original receipts will be due at the completion of the project; any unused funds must be returned to the Fund.
About the Fund:
The Doris Badir Award in Home Economics/Human Ecology Leadership was initiated by Betty CROWN, Dianne KIERAN and Marie SLUSAR in cooperation with the Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association to honour Prof. Doris BADIR. The Fund was established in 2012 and the first call for proposals is being made in 2015.
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Prestiges Jamaica Women Award for 2015
"Prof. Dr. Geraldene HODELIN has been nominated for and have been selected for the Soroptomist International, Kingston Chapter, Stella Gregory Prestigious Jamaican Woman Award for 2015. She is being recognised for her commitment to Technical Vocational Education and the development of women and girls during her illustrious career."
This award was presented on Saturday 28th November at the 53rd Annual Charter Luncheon of the Soroptomist Club held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The event which it itself was the biggest surprise for Dr. Geraldene HODELIN ever, highlighted by a read citation cataloguing her professional activities contributing to the award. This was a delight because her name is now added to a reasonably short list of very outstanding women, drawn from many disciplines and who have served the country Jamaica in very significant ways. The Club further honoured her by worshipping with her at the Church on Sunday29th November 2015. "I was very pleased that members of the University of Technology, Jamaica, The Church of Ascension, Mona, my husband Milton of 44 years and several friends were present for the award ceremony", Geraldene HODELIN stated.
Carol WARREN, IFHE President sent a message to Geraldene HODELIN, IFHE President of Honour: "Congratulation on such a fine achievement and for this wonderful recognition. Best wishes from your friends and colleagues on the IFHE Executive Committee."
"Congratulations Geri for a well deserved recognition. We are proud of you and you will be a role model for many young leaders. It is not only your career achievement but your human touch and respect. Congratulations again as a recognised Home Economist. Will celebrate in Korea" answered Prof. Dr. Sidiga WASHI, IFHE President-Elect to the news.
Obituary Note - Wanda Lucille MONTGOMERY
Wanda Lucille MONTGOMERY - May 22nd, 1925 - May 25th, 2015
Thank you for allowing the International Home Economics Service (IHES) organisation to share our love for Wanda MONTGOMERY, and our wishes to pay tribute to the many years of service that Wanda MONTGOMERY gave families in the United States and worldwide. We thank her for her gracious time, her kind spirit and the boundless encouragement she gave us all. Wanda personified International Home Economics. From her early experiences in the Peace Corp to her work with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, she touch the lives of so many around the world over her lifetime.
Wanda, as you know, was born on a farm near Bluffton, Ohio and attended a rural one-room school with only a dozen or so students. Shortly after she matriculated and graduated from a larger consolidated school with a graduating senior class of 32. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics and a Masters of Science in Textiles and Clothing from The Ohio State University. She taught Home Economics in Ohio high schools for six years and was an extension Home Economist in New York State as a 4-H Club specialist in clothing. She received a Fulbright Grant to teach in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar) at the Girls High School. When she returned to Ohio, she was employed as a vocational supervisor in the state department of education, working with teachers in the western Ohio and the Future Homemakers of America statewide.
In 1961, the Peace Corp trained 45 volunteers to be the first group to go to Thailand after a short 10 week course at the University of Michigan. Wanda was chosen among many candidates who had applied. She spoke warmly of her work among the Home Economics teachers at the Southern Technical Institute and at the Bangkok Technical Institute. Since then she has returned to Thailand eight times, teaching classes, participating in workshops, and in 1996 she assisted the Thai Home Economics Association as they prepared to host the International Congress and Council of the Federation for Home Economics. Wanda was frequently invited to stay with Thai families during her visits. On one occasion, the husband of a former student (who was then the Permanent Secretary of Education) greeted her by saying "Welcome back to your second home, Khun Wanda". Many of us met the Thai Home Economists and international friends that she welcomed so lovingly into her home here in Howey. Following her time in the Peace Corps Wanda was recruited to work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (the FAO). Her first assignment in international development was as a Field Officer in Nigeria as part of a joint project with FAO, UNICEF and Denmark to build a training center for women to staff the village programs.
Her next assignment was in Southern Africa as an FAO Consultant to the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland to develop a training program for women agricultural extension workers. Even though Wanda received her early training in a small one-room school house, she went on to work closely with the national Ministries of Agriculture in Asia and Africa from Thailand to Liberia to shape curriculum, housing and other plans for the educational diploma courses for women. Somehow in her free time between these overseas assignments Wanda completed a Ph. D. degree at the University of Minnesota and taught at Baldwin Wallace College and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
As we collected memories from our members, one phrase caused us to chuckle, "after Wanda retired". Wanda wasn't one who retired! For example during retirement, Wanda assisted Helen Strow at the headquarters of American Home Economics Association to write a proposal for a three year grant from US-AID in Education Development. They were so impressed with the grant proposal, that it was funded not for three years, but for four years. Wanda recruited friends from the Peace Corps, International Farm Youth Exchangees and international home economists to prepare educational materials for the diverse needs of teachers, state departments, and university educators who attended workshops during the four years of the "Global Connections" project which Wanda directed.
As the "Global Connections" project began to phase down, Wanda joined the board of the International Home Economics Services, Inc. As a member, she taught at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. In her early 70’s, Wanda traveled to Liberia between Civil Wars to assist the Ministry of Agriculture to assess challenges to restore the home economics extension program. Wanda also worked in preparing workshop materials on "Population Education" in Tanzania, and a proposal for preparing rural women workers at the Agricultural Institute in the Sudan.
Wanda's contribution to International Home Economics Services organisation spanned nearly 40 years. She served in every office, sometimes more than once. Under her leadership the organisation was incorporated which will ensure that the projects she was so passionate about, will continue. Her understanding of cultures and their needs were invaluable to the many international projects and trainings conducted by the International Home Economics Services organisation. Her infusion of Home Economics into all that she lived was a testament to the value she placed on the lives of others and the importance she saw in a strong family. She has contributed so much to not only the organisation, but to the world, as well.
We will sorely miss her in so many ways. Thank you so much, Wanda, for sharing your life with all of us. We are the better for it.
With great sadness, I submit these comments from
The Board of Trustees of the International Home Economics Services, Inc.
On behalf of Juanita MENDENHALL, President
Vale - Eileen GALLAGHER LABINER
IFHE will miss Eileen GALLAGHER LABINER a committed IFHE Representative at the United Nations (UN), New York
With great sadness we received the news that Eileen GALLAGHER LABINER passed away on 16th March 2015. Since 1957 Eileen was a member of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) and most of all since 1997 Eileen represented IFHE at the United Nations in New York especially at the ECOSOC and DPI/NGO. We express our sincere condolences to her family, who will miss her dearly, as will we, her IFHE Family.
During her office as IFHE Representative she was very committed to the NGO Committee on the Family and for several years she served as treasurer of this committee. In addition she especially supported the Working Group on Girls.
Eileen GALLAGHER LABINER also was a member of several DPI/NGO Conference Committees participating in the development of themes and recommendation of speakers. Eileen GALLAGHER LABINER contributed to the discussions and supported the development of statements and conference outcomes from a Home Economics perspective.
We all acknowledge her dedication and her contribution to the IFHE has been invaluable especially at the UN. Her sincere devotion and contribution to IFHE will remain in our memories.
On behalf of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to the family of the late Eileen GALLAGHER LABINER.
IFHE President 2012 - 2016
Vale - Prof. Dr. Chiyono MATSUSHIMA, Japan
The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) received the sad news that Prof. Dr. Chiyona MATSUSHIMA, passed away on 23rd February in the Salvation Army Hospital in Tokyo. She was born in 1919 in Hawaii. Her birthday was 15th February, and her former students celebrated her 96th Birthday just one week before.
She was educated at Kyoritsu Women's College, Tokyo, Japan and taught at high school level prior to working as a Supervisor with the Board of Education in Yamaguchi Prefecture. After World War II, she won the Garioa Scholarship sponsored by USA, where she studied Home Economics at Oregon State University and finalised her Bachelor 's degree. As a recipient of the Oregon Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club Oriental Scholarship she did her Master's degree at Oregon State University.
After she did her Ph.D. in Home Economics at Cornell University, she was requested to teach at her alma mater, Kyoritsu University. Prof. Dr. Matsushima held different high-level professional positions at Home Economics associations and was an Advisory Board member for textbook screening. As an author she published numerous professional books and documents.
Prof. Dr. Chiyono MATSUSHIMA was a very committed IFHE Member. She attended her first IFHE Congress in 1958 in Maryland, USA, while she was a graduate student at Cornell University. Since then she had been an active member of IFHE contributing to IFHE in different ways. She attended many IFHE Annual Meetings, Council Meetings and Congresses. From 1984 – 1988 she served as member of the Executive Committee. In 1988 she became IFHE Vice-President for Asia. In 1983 at the first Asian Home Economics Seminar she helped to establish the Asian Regional Association Home Economics (ARAHE) and was the first ARAHE President. Dr MATSUSHIMA dedicated herself to the 10th ARAHE Congress held in 1999 in Yokohama, Japan.
On behalf of the IFHE I would like to extend our condolences to her friends and former students. The Home Economics profession has lost another stalwart. IFHE celebrates her life and her contribution.
May her legacy live on.
IFHE President 2012 - 2016
IFHE lost a passionate Home Economist - Dr Mrunalini Devi PUAR, India
6th January 2015
The International Federation for Home Economics received the sad news that Dr. Mrunalini Devi PUAR, Chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) and member of the Gaekwad royal family of Vadodara passed away on 1st January 2015 at the age of 83.
As an eminent educator, her death was tweeted by the Prime Minister of India, "I condole passing away of Mrunalini Devi Puar and pray that her soul attains eternal peace. Her contribution to society will be remembered.”
Dr. PUAR was a very committed IFHE Member and Member of the IFHE Executive Committee 1990 - 1994. She was an expert in Home Economics especially in Food and Nutrition.
Dr. PUAR had a BSc Home from the Baroda University. She completed a Masters degree in Food and Nutrition at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology and did her Ph.D. at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
She taught Home Economics subjects and guided postgraduate research at Baroda University for more than 12 years prior to becoming Chancellor of the University. Dr. PUAR was the first woman Chancellor of a recognised Indian University with more than 35,000 students.
For her professional commitment and expertise she received numerous awards and honours including Best Manager award at the Oxford Summit of Leaders (Science and Education) in UK, announced by the Socrates Committee of Europe Business Assembly (EBA Oxford, UK) in September 2014.
She served in steering groups and chaired several committees. As an IFHE Member Dr. PUAR chaired the Food and Nutrition Programme Committee and later the Women and Families in Development Programme Committee. She represented IFHE at UN meetings and workshops related to the International Year of Family and the International Year of Child. She also served as President of the Home Science Association of India (HSAI) and as President of the Asian Regional Association for Home Economics (ARAHE).
Dr. PUAR was a strong advocate for women, education and Home Economics. The many expressions of condolence from Home Economics professionals around the world recognise and appreciate her wonderful commitment, her expertise and her special personality.
Her death is a great loss for her family and the Home Economics community in India and around the world.
IFHE President 2012 - 2016
Former Executive Director/Secretary-General passed away in November 2014
Expression of Condolences on the sad occasion of the death of Madam Odette GONCET, France, IFHE Executive Director/Secretary-General 1974 – 1994
With great sadness we received the news that Madam Odette GONCET passed away on 28th November 2014. She was a very committed Secretary-General of the International Federation for Home Economics for 20 years from 1974 to 1994. We express our sincere condolences to her family, who will miss her dearly, as will we, her IFHE Family.
Madam GONCET became the first employed Secretary-General for the International Federation for Home Economics.
With a degree in Philosophy and a PhD in French and Literature from Paris-Sorbonne University, Madam GONCET was High School teacher in France from 1961 – 1974. She was assigned by the French Ministry of Education to serve as the full-time Secretary-General of IFHE in 1974.
"Through all the years as IFHE Secretary General Odette GONCET has carried out her work under difficult circumstances. Each move while the Secretariat was in Paris brought some disruption to the work of the Federation. There was inadequate space in some premises to carry out all of the necessary activities" (IFHE History Book, 2008).
Madame GONCET was a hardworking and committed Secretary who served the Executive Committee and IFHE Members well. During her time at the IFHE she was involved with 20 Annual Meetings, ten IFHE Councils and five IFHE Congresses.
She also worked with six different IFHE Presidents and many IFHE Members from all over the world.
We all acknowledge her dedication to the IFHE as Secretary-General. Her sincere devotion and contribution to IFHE will remain in our memories forever.
On behalf of the International Federation for Home Economics, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to the family of the late Odette GONCET.
IFHE President 2012 - 2016
Former IFHE Vice-President Region of Africa passed away in April 2014
Today IFHE has received the following sad news from Dr. Patricia E. MBAH, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria:
"I received with shock this morning the bad news on the death of Prof. Dr. Nwakego MOLOKWU, the former Vice-President African Region for IFHE. It is so sad to announce this passage. Kindly notify IFHE Members accordingly."
IFHE Obituary Note submitted by IFHE President Carol WARREN:
VALE Prof. Dr. Nwakego MOLOKWU
A life dedicated to Family, Home Economics and Nigeria
The International Federation for Home Economics, IFHE was saddened to hear about the passing in April 2014 of Prof. Dr. Nwakego MOLOKWU, Nigeria. Prof. Dr. Nwakego MOLOKWU was a Professor of Home Economics Education and Head of the Department of Home Economics at Ebonyi State University, Nigeria. She attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and Tuskegee University, Alabama USA.
In 2000 Nwakego took office as IFHE Executive Member Africa. At the IFHE Council 2002 in Helsinki Finland she was elected IFHE Vice-President for the Region Africa for the term 2002 – 2006. During her office she was very committed to all Home Economists in Africa and especially in Nigeria.
In 2003 she hosted the first IFHE-Africa Regional Conference in Nigeria "to build bridges across the region and create linkages and networks between countries." Nwakego was a driving force for the promotion of Home Economics and the development of the Home Economics community in Nigeria and Africa.
Besides her commitment on the IFHE Executive Committee she was President of the Home Economics Council of Nigeria.
As an enthusiastic and high profile Home Economist, Nwakego contributed to Home Economics and education-related discussions at conferences, symposia and at congresses. Until 2012 she published papers, articles and contributed to online discussion related to her specific areas of professional expertise.
Nwakego was a strong advocate for women, education and Home Economics. Her contribution to the Nwakego MOLOKWU Ed.s. Ph.D. 2010 UNDP/UNDESA e-discussion on Women and Poverty dated, 20th January 2010, highlighted her commitment to research in all areas pertaining to women and girls, education as a right for every child and accessibility for women to loans, land ownership and political participation.
The many expressions of condolence from Home Economics professionals around the world (published below) recognise and appreciate her wonderful commitment, her expertise and her special personality.
Her death is a great loss for her family and the Home Economics community in Nigeria and around the world.
IFHE President 2012 - 2016
Please click here for download the Expression of Condolences on the sad occasion of the death of Prof. Dr. Nwakego MOLOKWU
Please click here for downlaod information regarding the Funeral of Prof. Dr. Nwakego MOLOKWU in June 2014
Obituary Note for Dr. Aurora G. CORPUZ, the Philippines
Passionate Home Economist, Dr. Aurora G. CORPUZ passed away in November 2013
Dr. Aurora G. CORPUZ became the IFHE Vice-President for the Region of Asia during the term 1980 – 1984.
She was also very much involved in organising the IFHE Congress 1980 which was the first IFHE Congress held in Asia, and became a Chair of the Organising Committee.
Her outstanding commitment was also seen in playing a conspicuous roll to the realisation of the formation of a regional meeting of Asian Home Economists, which later brought about the formal ratification of the Constitution on the organisation of the Asian Regional Association for Home Economics (ARAHE).
"All of us started from the smallest unit of society: the family/household we dearly love. Every two years, we gather together at the host country since ARAHE was founded in 1983 headed by Dr. Aurora G. CORPUZ and several active Home Economists, whom I believe are the icons of the Home Economics discipline."(Information taken from the web page of the Program - ARAHE Conference 2013).
Dr. A. CORPUZ was born on November 29th in 1926. Her impressive professional career started with a B.S. in Education, major in Home Economics at the University of the Philippines in 1949, Master of Science (Child Development) University of Massachusetts in 1956 and Doctor of Education (Administration and Supervision) University of the Philippines in 1969.
Dr. A. CORPUZ's professional career began as an instructor at colleges, assistant at nursery school teacher, and then she became very active as an instructor in Family Life and child development as well as assistant Professor Family Life and Child Development at different universities of the Philippines. She also was committed in many committees of professional organisations and involved in civic organisations for example the institute of Mass Communication - UNESCO, Family Planning Communication Project as an National Consultant.
We express our gratitude to Dr. A. CORPUZ, we will keep her in our thoughts and minds and remember her as a wonderful women, a great leader and an extraordinary Home Economist.
May her soul rest in peace!
Submitted by: Yukiko KUDO, IFHE Vice-President Region of Asia
Please note: The IFHE Office has received Messages of Condolence
Audrey JONES-DRAYTON (Barbados): She has sent Condolences from the President, executive and members of the Caribbean Association of Home Economists (CAHE) Inc.
IFHE President of Honour Gertraud PICHLER honoured
The Universal Peace Federation is proud to hereby recognise as an Ambassador for Peace Dr. Gertraud PICHLER, Austria!
The Universal Peace Federation acknowledges as Ambassador for Peace those individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote universal moral values, strong family life, interreligious cooperation, international harmony, renewal of the Nations, a responsible public media, and the establishment of a culture of peace.
Transcending racial, national and religious barriers, the Ambassador for Peace contribute to the fulfillment of the hope of all ages, a unified world of peace wherein the spiritual and material dimensions of life are harmonised.
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organisations dedicated to building a world of peace in which everyone can live in freedom, harmony, cooperation, and prosperity. Peace is not simply the absence of war or a term that applies only to the relationships among nations. Peace is an essential quality that should characterize all relationships.
UPF advocates renewal of the United Nations, including a proposal that the UN create an interreligious council within its structures. UPF implements its programs through a global network of Ambassadors for Peace.
UPF encourages all religions to dialogue and cooperate for peace based upon the recognition that human dignity derives from a universal divine source that is the basis of harmony and unification.
UPF offers relief and humanitarian programs; service-learning projects; character education and sports programs with a special focus on personal leadership and peacemaking skills.
- We are one human family created by God. The way to rise above the pursuit of self-interest is to recognize our common humanity, given to us by our Creator. Just as a parent can intercede in the disputes of children, the parental heart originating from the Creator can help us resolve the differences that exist between nations, cultures and religions.
- The highest qualities of the human being are spiritual and moral in nature. Human beings long for truth, beauty and goodness. Life’s deepest meaning and purpose can be found through their pursuit. Each person has an eternal spirit that transcends physical life. Spiritual principles are to be practiced in this life so that we are prepared for the eternal world.
- The family is the "school of love and peace". In the family, the most basic personal and public virtues are learned. Understanding the family as the school of love helps us to recognize that family is the most essential institution. The foundation for a healthy family is a faithful, committed marriage.
- Living for the sake of others is the way to reconcile the divided human family. By practicing living for the sake of others, we become other-centered rather than self-centered. The essence of good character is true love expressed through unselfish actions.
Peace comes through cooperation beyond the boundaries of ethnicity, religion and nationality. Lasting peace cannot be achieved through political compromise alone, but requires addressing the root causes of conflict. Transcending racial, religious and ethnic barriers is an imperative of our time. Faith can give people the power to forgive, and the love to overcome even generations of hatred, resentment and violence.
IFHE Past President Geraldene B. HODELIN honoured
Government of Jamaica honours IFHE Past President Prof. Geraldene B. HODELIN
On the Occasion of the 51st Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence as a nation, August 6th, 2013 the Government of Jamaica announced that 138 nationals have been selected for national Honours. Among the prestigious list of honourees:
Professor Geraldene Beverly HODELIN of the University of Technology, Jamaica has been made a member of the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Officer (OD) for service to Education and Academic Administration.
This honour takes August 6th, 2013 but will be conferred by the Governor General of Jamaica in the presence of the Prime Minister and Members of the Government, the Diplomatic Corps, other honourees from this and previous years on National Heroes’ day October 21st, 2013. This event is usually tele-casted for the whole country to witness.
The designation will be appended to the honouree’s name from now on as:
Prof. Geraldene B. Hodelin, O.D., Ph. D., C.P.H.E.
The International Federation for Home Economics, IFHE congratulates Prof. Geraldene B. HODELIN on the very special honour from the Government of Jamaica!
Prof. Geraldene B. HODELIN served as IFHE President from 2008 until 2012 and is currently committed as IFHE Past President in the IFHE Executive Committee, Chair of the Programme Committee Family and Chair of the Council Committee United Nations.