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The School Nutrition Association is sad to announce the passing of Phyllis Margaret (Horning) Griffith (September 29, 1932-February 12, 2022), a lifetime SNA member who served as the Association’s 1999-2000 president. A resident of Sarasota, Fla, Phyllis died February 12, 2022, at age 89.

After graduating from University of Wisconsin—Stout with a B.S. in dietetics and earning a registered dietitian credential, Phyllis started her career by enlisting in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. She served her first year as a dietetic intern at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and her second year as a staff dietitian, first lieutenant, at Ft. McClellan Army Hospital in Anniston, Alabama.

But the most significant part of Phyllis’s career was with Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools, where she served as Director of Food Services from 1992 through 2002. During this time, she oversaw operations that provided meals to about 35,000 students.

In addition to her service to SNA, Phyllis was a 50-year member of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and was active with Armand’s Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota, where she and her husband, Ted, relocated after retirement.

SNA mourns the loss of Phyllis and fondly remembers the many years of service she gave to the mission of building child nutrition programs.

Donations can be made in her honor to Tidewell Hospice/Sarasota Hospice House, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.

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