In Memory of SNA Past President Nancye Perry

2017-01-12

SNA Past President Nancye Perry

Nancye Butterworth Perry, who served as SNA president in 1984-85, and recognized by her colleagues as an accomplished and forward-looking dietitian, passed away January 1 at the age of 87. The first Association president representing the Northeast in nearly a decade, Perry successful launched Operation AAPLES, a national public relations awareness campaign funded cooperatively by SNA (then known as the ASFSA), and industry and state associations. Perry, whose presidency was themed, “Our Past Builds a Strong Future,” was credited for initiating the Association’s Train-the-Trainer regional workshops.

Facing Reagan Administration budget cuts in child nutrition programs which would have reduced food and nutrition standards in the school lunch program, Perry during her presidency, successfully led lobbying efforts in Congress to stop proposed cuts.

Responding to a Past Presidents’ survey request, Perry described what was happening in school nutrition during her presidency by stating, “Social conditions of the nation continued to perpetuate the ‘fast food’ feeding concept with an emphasis on young people ‘on the move.’ Demands in child nutrition programs continued with student requests for involvement in the program, requests for choices in programs, strengthening of the offer versus serve concept, particularly on the elementary school level, salad bars, the self-service concept and increased marketing and merchandising techniques. Implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans became a high priority.”

Later in her distinguished Association career, Perry served as Scholarship Committee Chair in 1989-90 and was a member of the House of Delegates at ANC in 1995 and 1999.

Born in Wilsons, Virginia on May 8, 1929, Perry graduated from James Madison University and moved to Hartford, Connecticut where she served as an intern at Aetna Life Insurance Company before becoming a registered dietitian for Hartford Hospital. Earning a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Hartford, Perry would advance to become administrative dietitian for the hospital, before moving on to be employed as manager of Food Services for the Hartford Connecticut Public Schools. Recognizing her accomplishments, the Connecticut Department of Education hired Perry as assistant director of School Lunch and Nutrition from 1968 to 1972.

A guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, Perry was honored with being named Dietitian of the Year by the Connecticut Dietetic Association (today, the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

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