In Memory of SNA Past President Sue Greig

2016-12-14

SNA Past President Sue Greig

Bettie Sue Greig, who served as SNA president in 1991-92 and held numerous senior leadership positions within the Kansas state affiliate, passed away December 5, 2016, in her home, at the age of 89. A registered dietitian and certified secondary school teacher, Greig placed an emphasis on nutrition integrity, professional development and marketing during her tenure as Association president.

At the state level, Greig led the way to establishing a licensing program for dietitians that ultimately passed the state legislature. Former Kansas Governor Joan Finney honored Greig for these and other achievements, including her national Association leadership, by establishing October 16, 1991, as Sue Greig Appreciation Day across the state.

Born in Stamps, Ark., on August 20,1927, Greig earned an associate’s degree in home economics from Arkansas Southern University, a bachelor’s degree in education and chemistry from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Kansas State University. Beginning her professional career as a dietetic assistant in the student union at the University of Arkansas, she held separate positions teaching and then running the school meals operation for Unified School District 383 in Manhattan, Kan. Greig retired from the district in 1990, and during her Association presidency, served as an adjunct professor at Kansas State University.

A strong advocate of school nutrition, Greig testified before several U.S. Congressional committees on dietetics and school foodservice. In addition to her role as Association president, Greig also served as District Directors and Supervisors Section chair and Public Communications Committee chair. She also was a member of the Research Documentation Committee, the Research Review Advisory Board and the Scholarship Committee, in addition to co-editing the Association’s Computer Needs Assessment Manual.

Anne Gennings, who served as Association president in 1990-91, remembers her former president-elect fondly. “This was the first year for the position of vice-president on our Association’s executive board, and Sue was instrumental in helping to make this a valuable position. I also remember her being a great asset to the SNA College and Research Sections and the executive board.”

Over the course of her career, Greig received many prestigious awards from this Association, as well as the then-named American Dietetic Association.

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