Dr. Zolinda Stoneman
Dr. Zolinda Stoneman
Founder and director of the Institute on Human Development and Disability
- Worked to chronicle the struggle for disability rights in Georgia through the co-founding of the Georgia Disability History Alliance
- Served as a founding member of the Children’s Freedom Initiative, formed to promote the idea that children belong with loving, permanent families – not in institutions or nursing homes
- Worked with colleagues to establish a Disability Studies Certificate program at UGA.
- Documented the transition of 39 former residents of River’s Crossing, the first institution in Georgia to close, into the community, providing valuable data on the importance of inclusion
Talk to enough people about Zo Stoneman, and a pattern emerges.
They’ll mention her quiet, almost demure, demeanor, her soft voice that oftentimes barely rises above a whisper.
Then, they will laugh. First impressions, they’ll tell you, are misleading.
“She’s a very tiny and petite person,” said longtime friend Beth English, the executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia, “but she’s just a fireball, like a stick of dynamite. She truly is.”
Stoneman herself might agree. As a young girl, long before she became a giant in the field of disability research and advocacy, she developed a stubborn streak – some have politely called it “tenacity” and “persistence” – that has served her well in her 40-year career at UGA.
“Even as a kid,” she said, “the one thing that would motivate me to do something is if somebody told me I couldn’t do it or I didn’t have the ability to do it or girls shouldn’t be doing it or whatever. That would be the one thing I’d set my sight on.”
Though it became an asset in a field marked by agonizingly slow, often frustrating, progress, this character trait was not always so endearing, Stoneman admitted.
“My mother had other, less flattering, words for persistent,” she added, laughing.
Stoneman arrived at UGA in 1976 as an assistant professor in what was then called the department of child and family development, fresh off the campus of George Peabody College – now Vanderbilt University – in Nashville.
She also served as director of the children’s program of the University Affiliated Facility located at River’s Crossing, where students received training to work with children with developmental disabilities, many of whom were housed there during the week
Stoneman and colleague Mary Rugg soon established one of the state’s first inclusive preschool classrooms in 1984 by having the facility’s students join with students at the McPhaul Child Development Center, the UGA lab for typically-developing children.
This innovative approach became a hallmark of Stoneman’s career, as she has worked to promote inclusion and acceptance in a society that often has been resistant to it.
“These are people who have gifts to give to their families, to others, and they’re being stuck away as if they’re unimportant in places where they have little to no control over their lives,” Stoneman said, “and very little ability to reach out and be a part of the world we all live in. Not only are their lives being compromised, but the communities are losing their gifts.”
Among her many career accomplishments, Stoneman, as founder and director of the Institute on Human Development and Disability, has been instrumental in several efforts to foster change.
“When she speaks, everyone stops and listens,” said Katie Chandler, who studied under Stoneman during graduate school and now works as the developmental disability coordinator for the Georgia Advocacy Office. “Her passion to support people with developmental disabilities is obvious.”
Stoneman’s work earned her the UGA Creative Research Medal, given to recognize outstanding research that focuses on a single theme.
In Stoneman’s case, much of her work has centered around sibling interaction and dispelling the commonly-held notion that being the sibling of a child with a disability was inherently damaging.
In 2002, Stoneman was named a University Professor, a distinction that recognizes faculty members who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities, and whose work as “change agents” improve the quality with which UGA serves its missions.
Stoneman, born in inner city Chicago but raised mostly in rural Illinois, said she never set out to pursue a career in the field of disability research, but quickly found she had a passion for it.
“Once I got to know children and realized there were kids who had some real struggles, I thought I could figure out some ways of helping,” she said.
Folks ask her when she’s going to retire. She smiles. She’s not ready, she says. There’s too much work to be done.
“My passion really flows from an image of communities where everyone has a meaningful role to play and is welcome, where there are not people who are marginalized,” she said. “We’ve come a long way toward communities that work like that. We still have a long way to go, but there’s no reason that it’s not possible.
“And knowing that by continuing to work for these things, it’s possible to really make a difference, particularly for people whom I can conceptualize, think about and know. That’s why I haven’t retired.”
Dr. Roy Martin
Dr. Roy Martin
Honor Hall 2016
- Before coming to Athens, Martin already had earned the Nutrition Foundation Future Leader’s Award
- Martin earned the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit for his research in identifying mechanisms of obesity and diabetes
Dr. Roy Martin was already a well-known name in the field of foods and nutrition research before he came to the University of Georgia.
He traveled around the country in pursuit of a higher education. He began at University of Southwest Louisiana-
Lafayette, then made his way to the University of Florida and finally the University of California, where he completed his Ph.D.
By the time he arrived as a professor at UGA in 1978 after eight years on the faculty at Penn State, Martin had assembled an impressive group of graduate students and lab technicians aimed at conducting impactful research within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
“I was impressed by how active he was in the research field,” said Dorothy Hausman, an emeritas faculty member who was a master’s student when Martin first arrived. “He was very well-respected both in the department and out in the field.
Bringing in that many more people at one time made for very exciting research activity and created interest in the department.”
Before coming to Athens, Martin already had earned the Nutrition Foundation Future Leader’s Award, the Young Scientist Award and the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit for his research in identifying mechanisms of obesity and diabetes.
True to form, Martin got a running start at UGA.
In collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Martin lab expanded its research to include fetal adipose tissue development and studies of paracrine regulation of adipose cells in culture.
These efforts earned him the NIH Career Development Award as well as the American Institute of Nutrition Mead Johnson National Award. UGA also recognized his achievements, as he received the Creative Research Medal and Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professorship.
Martin’s career at FACS didn’t end there.
His exemplary performance as a faculty member led to his appointment as head of the department of foods and nutrition in 1988, where he continued to be a resource to faculty, staff members and students alike for another decade.
At LSU, Martin served as director of the Neurobehavioral Laboratory and professor of human ecology.
In 2011, he transitioned to his current position as adjunct professor at the University of California-Davis and as visiting professor at Western Human Nutrition Research Center, an Agricultural Resource Service of the USDA.
The mission of the center is to improve dietary recommendations by understanding variability in people’s response to diets, nutrients and other food constituents.
With dozens of publications to his credit, a combined 40 years as a professor and researcher, a long list of honors and an ever-increasing group of students who have thrived under his mentorship, Martin displays all the requisites of a FACS Honor Hall of Recognition inductee.
“His career devoted to leading foods and nutrition research, teaching and outreach units and his influence in Georgia, the Southern region and the nation is remarkable,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “We are delighted to induct Dr. Martin into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition and deeply appreciate his service.”
Dr. Josephine Martin
Dr. Josephine Martin
Honor Hall 2015
- Dr. Martin president of The Josephine Martin Group and an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta
- For six decades, Dr. Martin has been a champion for children across the country.
Dr. Josephine Martin is a busy woman.
She kicked off 2015 by traveling across the country to accept the Gertrude Applebaum Lifetime Achievement Award at the Child Nutrition Industry Conference in Phoenix.
Martin, president of The Josephine Martin Group and an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, may have lost count of the awards bestowed on her over the last 10 years.
For six decades, Martin has been a champion for children across the country. Her passion is child nutrition. That passion has taken her from the steps of the state house to the White House and beyond.
“It is always great to have an opportunity to talk about the child nutrition programs and their purpose because it’s so simple – the purpose is to safeguard the health and
well-being of the nation’s children … but the real purpose is, according to the legislation, a matter of national security.”
Building on the work of the pioneers of child nutrition from the early 1900s, Martin embarked on a career that placed her in many roles. After graduating from FACS in 1947, she went to work for the Georgia Department of Education after completing a dietetic internship. It just so happened that the day of her interview was also the day the Georgia School Food Service Association was created.
From the very beginning of her career, Martin valued the importance of “close relationships between what goes on in the state education agencies, the local school system and the professional organization of the American School Food Service Association, which is now the School Nutrition Association.”
As an area consultant she serviced 400 schools in north Georgia. Her favorite part of the job was training school cafeteria staff. Martin was the only consultant in the Atlanta area and had the good fortune to be mentored by the state director, Eleanor Pryor.
“I also learned from those professionals who really knew how to work with policy makers,” Martin said. “The intricacies of listening to politicians, trying to see their side of the legislation and why they made the decisions they did, and I learned a lot about public policy in that first 10 years that I worked in the state department,” Martin told Dr. Charlotte Oakley in 2008. Oakley interviewed Martin for the Child Nutrition Archives for the National Food Service Management Institute of The University of Mississippi.
The great training she received on the state level equipped Martin for her next role: working for the United States Department of Agriculture.
While earning her master’s from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, she was recruited to work for the USDA. She joined the Southeast Regional Office as a home economist. Under the tutelage of another wonderful mentor, Thelma Flanagan, Martin worked and cataloged best practices from nine southeastern states.
A short 19 months later, with great experience under her belt, Martin was asked to become the State Director in Georgia.
During the 1960s, Martin worked tirelessly on the “matter of national security” for the children of the state of Georgia. She established the Training In Depth Program as a vocational offering for school nutrition workers. Martin and her team built the curriculum, obtained vocational funds and used vocational staff to teach the program. She also accompanied Senator Herman Talmadge on a tour of hunger in Georgia.
She lobbied U.S. Congressman Richard B. Russell, author of the National School Lunch Act, on behalf of the ASFSA, to make critical changes to the legislation that would benefit states like Georgia. The work Martin and her colleagues addressed brought about the passing of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, the catalyst for the pilot breakfast program. That was followed by the Special Foodservice Program for Children in 1968 that combined the Child Care and the Summer Food Service Program.
In the 1970s Martin was the national president of the American School Food Service Association (now the School Nutrition Association) and at that time she was instrumental in securing federal authorization for the National Food Service Management Institute. Ten years later, she came out of retirement to become the first full-time director of the NFSMI.
In 2006 Dr. Martin received the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition given by the Child Nutrition Foundation. During the selection process, the committee received a letter of recommendation from a congressional staff leader with whom she worked.
The letter stated, “No unelected person played a larger, more intelligent and more constructive role in the principled expansion of our food and nutrition program than she did … never taking her eyes off the prize of healthier, wiser, happier American children.”
Dr. Gene Brody
Dr. Gene Brody
Honor Hall 2014
- In 2004, he was appointed Regents’ Professor.
- He received the UGA Research Foundation’s Creative Research Medal.
Dr. Brody arrived at UGA in 1976 after receiving his doctorate in human development and school psychology from the University of Arizona.
Soon after, he became one for the most prolific grant-productive researchers in the UGA history by obtaining more than $81 million worth of grants to conduct high-impact research in the area of child and family development.
Dr. Brody worked as an assistant professor at the UGA Department of Child and Family Development from 1976 to 1984, and served as professor from 1984-91.
In 1980, Dr. Brody was named a Fellow with the Institute for Behavioral Research.
His class, “Development within the Family” originally started out with 30 students. Eventually, more than 10,000 students would take the course during Brody’s tenure as a professor.
He was appointed a Distinguished Research Professor in 1991.
Since 1994, Dr. Brody has been the director of the Center for Family Research, which received more than $30 million in external funding to conduct programs such as the Strong African American Families program.
He received the William A. Owens Award for Creative Research in 1994.
He received the UGA Research Foundation’s Creative Research Medal.
In 2004, he was appointed Regents’ Professor.
He received the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations in 2005.
Also, he was invited to participate in the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth in 2005.
Dr. Brody was named FACS Honor Hall of Recognition in 2014
Dr. Anne Sweaney
Dr. Anne Sweaney
Honor Hall 2013
- As interim dean in 2010-2011, Anne reinvigorated the college’s obesity initiative and helped it gain support, university wide.
- Anne received the UGA Josiah Meigs Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.
Anne Sweaney began her career in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences as a part-time temporary instructor in 1981. After landing a tenure-track position, Dr. Sweaney progressed through the ranks and was named a full professor in 1995.
In 2004, Anne was named head of the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics.
For 17 years, Anne served on the Athletic Board as a faculty representative.
The Anne L. Sweaney Innovation Fund was established in 2012 to provide financial support for the new progress and new way of learning.
Anne received the UGA Josiah Meigs Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999; the FACS Teacher of the Year Award in 1994-1995 and 2000-2001; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences in 1996.
As department head, Anne spearheaded the establishment of the Family Financial Planning major as well as the residential property management emphasis.
Louise James Hyers
Louise James Hyers
Honor Hall 2012
- She spent more than 30 years with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
- Louise was an early innovator in recognizing the need for developing communities by enhancing the skills of local leaders.
Louise earned her bachelor degree in home economics in 1959 and her master’s degree in housing and management in 1969.
She was only the second woman to serve as a district director when she was named to head the 18-county North Central District, overseeing agents in community development, agriculture, 4-H and family and consumer sciences.
During her time as a district director, Cooperative Extension faced the most severe budget cuts ever to befall the organization, resulting in more than three dozen of Louise’s employees losing their jobs. However, Louise helped those laid off to find new positions. She also successfully managed growth of her district from 18 counties to 40.
Louise was an early innovator in recognizing the need for developing communities by enhancing the skills of local leaders. She recognized the untapped potential in many women and minority groups, as well as traditional leaders, and facilitated experiences that helped them blossom into passionate, skilled change agents.
She spent more than 30 years with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, retiring in 1993 as a district director.
Since her retirement, Louise has embarked on a second career as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty in Athens. She has been named to the President’s Circle annually since 2000 and is an active member of the Million Dollar Club.
Dr. Sharon Y. Nickols
Dr. Sharon Y. Nickols
Honor Hall 2011
- From 1991-2006, Sharon Y. Nickols, the Janette M. Barber Distinguished Professor
- She served as president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2002-2003
From 1991-2006, Sharon Y. Nickols, the Janette M. Barber Distinguished Professor, focused her energies on ensuring that the college was strong in all three of its missions—teaching, research and service.
She oversaw a dramatic expansion in scholarships, study abroad support funds, professorships and other external support, and championed the development of study abroad programs, which now include programs in London, Costa Rica, Ghana, and China. The undergraduate enrollment nearly doubled, new faculty members were recruited, and public service programs were expanded.
She was also active at both the national and international levels of family and consumer sciences. She served as president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2002-2003, chaired the Board on Human Sciences of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges from 1992-1993, and was active in the International Federation for Home Economics for many years.
In recent years, Sharon has been recognized for her achievements by many groups including receiving the Faculty Service Award from the University of Georgia Alumni Association in 2009; the Distinguished Research Award from the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University in 2009; and the Nellie Kedzie Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board on Human Sciences in 2010.
Dr. Nickols has returned to full-time teaching and research. Every semester she teaches a 50-student course on family resource management. She has published 10 articles in the past three years, three of which were named “best article” by the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal.
Dr. Nickols research covers international service-learning programs, the use of innovative programs in undergraduate classes, and real passion, history of family and consumer sciences. She is researching the founders of family and consumer sciences who are not well known, such as Benjamin Andrews and C.F. Langworthy. Likewise, she is exploring domestic science programs that were well under way in the Midwest as much as 20 years before the Lake Placid conferences, as well as ferreting out the details of Mary Creswell’s role in the admission of women to the University of Georgia.
Dr. William Flatt
Dr. William Flatt
"Better Than Ever"
- Dr. Flatt is the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor.
- Dr. Flatt is the 2010 FACS Honor Hall Award recipient
Dr. Flatt’s first encounter with College of Family and Consumer Sciences was in 1970 when he was named director of the UGA Experiment Stations.
He was the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean from 1981-1994 and had a strong relationship with College of Family and Consumer Sciences during this time period, making sure there was College of Family and Consumer Sciences presence in all of Georgia’s counties.
He was recruited by the Department of Foods and Nutrition to conduct research in energy metabolism and to teach basic human nutrition after stepping down as dean.
Dr. Flatt has established three endowed scholarships and one endowed professorship in addition to charitable gifts he has made to other organizations.
The Professorship is titled the Bill and June Flatt Professorship in Foods and Nutrition.
The scholarships within Family and Consumer Sciences are: the Flatt Nutrition Excellence scholarship for a Graduate Student in Foods and Nutrition; the Gladys F. “Nannie” Nesbitt-Flatt Scholarship which is designated for an undergraduate Foods and Nutrition student; and the Flatt Academic Achievement Award which is awarded to a student with a 4.0 within College of Family and Consumer Sciences and also to the Gamma Sigma Delta annual winner. The “Outstanding Senior” within our college also is awarded from the Nesbitt-Flatt endowment. Thanks to Dr. Flatt’s selfless contributions, students receiving these scholarships are able to continue their college careers.
Dr. Flatt is “our best cheerleader, supportive of the total mission of College of Family and Consumer Sciences and epitomizes what the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association is all about—teaching, researching and reaching out to others through the disciplines of Family and Consumer Sciences,” wrote Judy Harrison and Shelly Nickols-Richardson in their nomination letter.
Dr. Elizabeth T. Sheerer
Dr. Elizabeth T. Sheerer
Honor Hall 2009
- She is listed in the first edition of Who’s Who of American Women in 1956-1957.
- The Elizabeth T. Sheerer Graduate Scholarship Fund was established in her name.
Elizabeth T. Sheerer was Professor Emerita, College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Professor for 30 years in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
She was Department Head for 27 years in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
Leadership in Department of Human Development and Family Science resulted in establishment of the first PhD in program in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in 1976.
She recruited outstanding faculty and graduate students leading Department of Human Development and Family Science into a position of national prominence.
She is listed in the first edition of Who’s Who of American Women in 1956-1957.
She is designated one of two “Outstanding Teachers” in the College of Home Economics in 1973-1974.
She received the Southeastern Council on Family Relations Award for Outstanding Service.
She pioneered research in parent education, family life education for high school students and counselor education.
She continues to facilitate groups devoted- to dream interpretation contributing to person development and growth.
She continues to practice individual therapy.
The Elizabeth T. Sheerer Graduate Scholarship Fund was established in her name.
The Elizabeth T. Sheerer Graduate Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship to a graduate student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Recipients shall have excelled academically, have strong research interests and competencies, and show promise of professional leadership in the field of family and consumer sciences.
Marion Chesnut McCullers
Marion Chesnut McCullers
Honor Hall 2008
- Marian has served as president of the Georgia Home Economics Association.
- Marian and her late husband, Wilton “Butch” McCullers, established a scholarship in 2005.
Marian Chesnut McCullers (BSHE ’46, Housing and Consumer Economics) has been a pioneer and a trailblazer for family and consumer sciences graduates in business since she began her career at Atlanta Gas Light Co. in 1946.
Marian remained with AGL for 41½ years, rising through the ranks until, ultimately, she was named vice president for consumer information and education in 1986.
During her earliest years with AGL, Marian and the other home economists in the Home Services Division spent much of their time traveling to customers’ homes demonstrating how to use AGL products. They also served as testers for new products, cooking all types of food on new ranges to determine if they deserved the AGL seal of approval.
Throughout her career, Marian searched for the most innovative ways to reach her audiences. She was among the first home economists to record one-minute educational messages that aired on radio and, likewise, she coordinated an educational TV show for 10 years that taught homemakers new cooking skills.
As one of the first women to move into management at AGL, Marian worked hard to open doors for others. Marian’s efforts were successful and a number of women followed her into management positions at AGL.
Despite her demanding career, Marian has also stayed active with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the University of Georgia since her graduation, working closely with faculty and administrators to establish relationships with the business community and create a number of internships.
Her support for College of Family and Consumer Sciences also led Marian and her late husband, Wilton “Butch” McCullers, to establish a scholarship in 2005.
Marian has served as president of the Georgia Home Economics Association and chair of the Home Economists in Business. She also is active in her church, Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, the DeKalb County Historical Society, the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Honor Hall 2007
- Grogan also served as the college’s first director of alumni relations
- In 1992, Grogan was among the first recipients of the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Service.
Through the years, Wanda Grogan has led continuing education programs in Athens, throughout Georgia, the region and the nation. Grogan also served as the college’s first director of alumni relations, helping initiate the alumni association in 1975 and becoming its leader after returning from Iowa State in 1978.
In 1992, Grogan was among the first recipients of the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Service. The next year, she was named the second Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Service Fellow.
Grogan’s career was cut short in 1994 after she suffered a severe stroke following surgery for a brain aneurysm. Just one year after her stroke, with the support of her colleagues, she organized a statewide conference for 100 stroke victims and their caregivers.
Although she retired from her position with the university, Grogan is far from retired in her daily life. Instead, she joined the auxiliary program of St. Mary’s Hospital and works with two programs—one for those who have had strokes and another for people with arthritis. She has served on the auxiliary’s board of directors and as chair of its wellness group.
Dr. James Walters
Dr. James Walters
Honor Hall 2005
- Recipient of the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award
- 1989 recipient of the FACS’ Creswell Award
Received Bachelor of Science Degree in sociology in 1946 from Washburn University, Master of Science Degree in child welfare in 1948 from the University of Iowa. Received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Child Development in 1954 from Florida State University.
First male in the United States to be appointed as a family life extension specialist when he was hired by Rutgers University. During that time he developed programs for 4-H clubs, wrote pamphlets for parent education groups and developed exhibits for county fairs.
At the age of 23, had a regular column for The New York Sun.
First male home economics faculty member at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1949 (now known as Oklahoma State University).
First male appointed as department head in the College of Home Economics at the University of Georgia.
Among the first men to be honored as an AHEA Leader.
Recipient of the Osborne Award, presented annually by the National Council on Family Relations to the outstanding teacher in family relations.
Recipient of the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award – UGA’s top award for superior teaching
1989 recipient of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Creswell Award for his work with students.
Has a graduate student scholarship in his name at Florida State University.
Dr. Jessie Julia Mize
Dr. Jessie Julia Mize
Honor Hall 2004
- First recipient of the Creswell Award in 1980.
- Active member of the Georgia and American Family and Consumer Sciences Association
Dr. Jessie Julia Mize received her Bachelor of Science Degree in physics in 1930, Master of Science Degree in mathematics in 1931 and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Degree in 1932 from the University of Georgia. Received a Doctorate of Philosophy in family economics and household management in 1952 from Cornell University.
She served on the faculty at the College of Home Economics for 22 years. From 1959-1974 served as head of the Housing and Home Management Department.
After a total of 30 years service to UGA, was awarded the status of professor emerita effective upon her retirement in 1974.
Supporter of the Legislative Aide program from its inception in 1983 through financial commitments and even today with the Mize-Ritchie Endowment Fund for Legislative Aide Scholarships.
First recipient of the Creswell Award in 1980.
Author of The History of Home Economics at the University of Georgia, published in 1983.
Active member of the Georgia and American Family and Consumer Sciences Association and of the University of Georgia Alumni Association as well as the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association.
Member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Nu, and Pi Lambda Theta.
Emily Quinn Pou
Emily Quinn Pou
Honor Hall 2003
- Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1971-1991
- Led the creation of the Home Economics Alumni Association in 1977.
Provided twenty years of leadership, innovation and dedication to excellence while serving the University of Georgia as Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1971-1991.
Enrollment of the College increased 55% during her tenure.
Guided the development of graduate programs in the College. The Human Development and Family Science PhD program was initiated in 1976, Foods and Nutrition PhD was initiated in 1980, and a PhD program in Textile Sciences began in 1990.
Led the creation of the Home Economics Alumni Association in 1977.
Developed the Legislative/Congressional Aide Program which celebrated its 20 th anniversary in 2003. Outstanding students serve as aides in the Georgia General Assembly and in the U.S. Congress.
Initiated the Dean’s Aide Program, which provided students the opportunity to serve as representatives of the College in a variety of settings. Today these students are known as FACS College Ambassadors.
Worked to improve the physical facilities of the college including the addition of pillars to the front of Dawson Hall - “Pou’s Pillars.”
Tripled the number of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.
Maude Pye Hood
Maude Pye Hood
Honor Hall 1993
- President of the national Phi Upsilon Omicron 1962-64.
- Received the University of Georgia College of Home Economics Alumni Association Superior Service Award in 1981.
Received her BSHE in 1936 and Master’s of Science in Home Economics in 1937 from the University of Georgia and her PhD from Iowa State University.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1937, Dr. Hood taught home economics in Moultrie and Griffin.
Served as a member of the UGA faculty from 1937 until her retirement in 1966. During this time she served as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition and Acting Dean of the School of Home Economics.
Served as Home Economics Consultant for the Ford Foundation in Pakistan from 1954-57.
One of the founders of the Chi Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron in the UGA College of Home Economics in 1935-36.
President of the national Phi Upsilon Omicron 1962-64.
Recognized as Distinguished Home Economics Alumna, College of Home Economics, Iowa State University in 1971 and received the University of Georgia College of Home Economics Alumni Association Superior Service Award in 1981.
Memberships: Georgia Academy of Science, Institute of Food Technologists, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Omicron Nu, Delta Kappa Gamma, Sigma Delta Epsilon, Iota Sigma Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, American Home Economics Association and the American Dietetics Association.
Gwen Brooks O’Connell
Gwen Brooks O’Connell
Honor Hall 1992
- Major professional contributions were in improving the engineers’ understanding of consumer needs for home appliances
- Played a major role in getting equipment for the foods laboratories at UGA.
Valedictorian of her Chatsworth high school graduating class in 1927.
Received her BSHE from the University of Georgia in 1935.
Taught in Chatsworth, Dalton and Sonaraville, Georgia.
Joined the Georgia Power Company and worked in Rome, Macon and Atlanta.
Home economist for Frigidaire Appliances in five southern states.
Major professional contributions were in improving the engineers’ understanding of consumer needs for home appliances and in teaching consumers how to get the best use of their appliances in an era when many new features were being introduced.
Received extensive publicity for her cooking schools.
Played a major role in getting equipment for the foods laboratories at UGA.
Honor Hall 1991
- Was a founder of the Future Homemakers of America in Georgia.
- Life member of the Georgia and American Vocational Associations and served as President of GVA.
Received her BSHE from the University of Georgia in 1935 and her Master’s in Home Economics Education in 1961.
She retired from the Colquitt County Board of Education in 1974 after teaching home economics at Moultrie High School from 1939-74. Prior to beginning her tenure in Moultrie, she taught in Adel, Georgia, for four years.
Was a founder of the Future Homemakers of America in Georgia and provided leadership to many students in her 39 years as a home economics teacher.
Life member of the Georgia and American Vocational Associations and served as President of GVA. She was active in the Georgia Home Economics Association.
Eddye B. Ross
Eddye B. Ross
Honor Hall 1990
- In 1952, she was named the Assistant Associate Director in charge of home economics
- The Georgia Homemakers Council set up the Eddye Ross 4-H Scholarship Fund.
Graduated from the State Normal School in 1931 and received her BSHE from the University of Georgia in 1937.
Hired by the Extension Service in 1939 as a County Home Demonstration Agent in Newton County where she served for 9 years before becoming a District Agent in Athens.
In 1952, she was named the Assistant Associate Director in charge of home economics and in 1955 became the State Home Demonstration Leader later called State Home Economics Leader, a position she heald until her retirement in June of 1969.
Received emeritus status on July 1, 1970.
Was known as a very strong leader who did a great deal of work with home demonstration clubs throughout the state, ensuring that these groups of neighbors met regularly to learn new techniques to help them in their daily work as homemakers, as well as learning a bit about the science behind these techniques. Home demonstration clubs frequently provided young women their first opportunities for public speaking and, in many cases, served as a springboard to more leadership opportunities.
The Georgia Homemakers Council set up the Eddye Ross 4-H Scholarship Fund.
Published An Evaluation of the Participation of Family Life Leaders in
the Georgia Agricultural Extension Service in 1957.
Frances E. Champion
Frances E. Champion
Honor Hall 1989
- Director, Home Economics, Florida State Department of Education for 20 years
- Assistant State Supervisor of Home Economics in Georgia for eight years
Received her BSHE from the University of Georgia in 1930 and her Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in 1941.
Began her career in Calhoun, Georgia, as a home economics teacher. She also taught in Carrollton and Thomaston.
Served as Assistant State Supervisor of Home Economics in Georgia for eight years prior to spending two years as Assistant National Adviser of Future and New Homemakers of America.
Director, Home Economics, Florida State Department of Education for 20 years prior to her retirement in 1969.
Had a combined 39 years devoted to teaching and supervision in Georgia, Florida and Washington, D.C.
Author, co-author, and editor for numerous articles, handbooks, and magazines including co-authoring the textbook, Teen Guide to Homemaking.
Memberships: Delta Kappa Gamma, National Education Association, American Vocational Association, Florida Vocation Association (president), American Home Economics Association, Georgia Home Economics Association, and American Cancer Society.
Honor Hall 1989
- Established the Leonora Anderson Scholarship in the College of Home Economics.
- Member of the Presidents Club at UGA and Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Leonora Anderson received her BSHE from the University of Georgia in 1929 and her Master of Science degree from Cornell University in 1953.
Upon graduation from UGA, she launched her career as a home demonstration agent in Taylor, Crawford, Mitchell, Houston and Peach counties where she was noted for her ability to involve and inspire both young people and adults to do their very best.
In 1935 she was appointed as a clothing specialist with the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and in 1945 became a District Agent.
In 1947 she traveled to China to do food preservation work.
Member of the Georgia Home Economics Association and the American Home Economics Association, for which she was chairman of International Relations and hosted the European Relations tour.
Member of the Presidents Club at UGA and Epsilon Sigma Phi.
In 1984, she established the Leonora Anderson Scholarship in the College of Home Economics.
Leolene Chapman Montgomery
Leolene Chapman Montgomery
Honor Hall 1987
- Worked as Farm Security Administrator in Newnan.
- Active in the Commerce Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution
Leolene Chapman Montgomery received her BSHE degree from the University of Georgian in 1932.
Taught home economics in Sumner, Hartwell and Commerce, Georgia.
In the last ten years of her teaching, she had 27 state degree earners and had 45 state degree earners during her teaching career.
Worked as Farm Security Administrator in Newnan.
Memberships: Georgia Home Economics Association, American Home Economics Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and honorary member of FFA.
A community leader all of her life being active in church, school and civic organizations. She served as a youth leader, as a Girls’ Auxiliary leader at church, camp counselor during the summer, den mother for Cub Scouts and was a Sunday school teacher.
Active in the Commerce Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and her local garden club.
Recognized for giving the most volunteer hours as a hospital volunteer in 1967.
Volunteered at two nursing homes in Commerce and was a worker in the Commerce blood mobile for many years.
Honor Hall 1986
- National leader in the American School Food Service Association.
- Second director of Georgia’s school food-service program.
Eleanor Pryor received her BSHE degree from the University of Georgia in 1931.
Taught in rural schools for six years and was a homemaking teacher at Moultrie High School for four years.
In 1941, joined the State Department of Education as Supervisor of Related Training for the NYA in Atlanta, she moved after one year into the position of Assistant State Supervisor of the School Lunch Program for the Department of Education.
Second director of Georgia’s school food-service program from 1948 until her death in 1961. Headed a $30 million program that led to improvement of kitchens and equipment, better prepared school lunchroom personnel, and higher levels of quality in nutritional programs.
National leader in the American School Food Service Association, the professional association which was organized in 1946.
Provided basic information to Senator Richard B. Russell to help pass the National School Lunch Act of 1946.
Served as president of the Georgia Home Economics Association and was a leader in the Georgia Nutrition Council.
Janette McGarity Barber
Janette McGarity Barber
Honor Hall 1985
- State Leader of the Georgia Future Homemakers of America
- Member of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Youth
Janette McGarity Barber received her BSHE degree in 1938 and MA in 1966 from the University of Georgia.
Served as State Leader of the Georgia Future Homemakers of America for more than 25 years.
Recipient of the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Home Economics Alumni Association in 1981.
Named Progressive Farmer’s “Woman of the Year.”
Received the first Georgia Youth Council Award for outstanding service to Georgia youth.
Served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Youth that planned the 1970 White House Conference on Youth.
Served as President of the Georgia Home Economics Association, Georgia Vocational Association and the Georgia Committee on Children and Youth.
Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Upsilon Omicron and served one year as president of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
First advisor to the Georgia Association of Future Homemakers of America. During the time she was advisor, membership grew from 7,332 to 32,598.
Editor of Historic Georgia Mothers, a work featuring 25 historic Georgia women that was published in 1976 as an official Georgia project for America’s Bicentennial Celebration.
Dr. Mary Speirs
Dr. Mary Speirs
Honor Hall 1984
- Dean of the College of Home Economics, 1954-1971.
- Addition to Dawson Hall, Speirs Hall, was named in honor of Mary in 1984.
Dr. Mary Speirs served as Dean of the College of Home Economics, 1954-1971.
Led the faculty through detailed planning for additions to Dawson Hall and the Child Development Laboratory and won support from the Georgia General Assembly so that money was made available to more than double the facilities of the School of Home Economics. The addition to Dawson Hall was named Speirs Hall in honor of Mary in 1984.
First Georgian to be nominated by the American Dietetic Association for the office of Speaker-Elect of the ADA House of Delegates.
Recognized by Progressive Farmer as Woman of the Year in Agriculture in 1959.
Named Georgia’s first Distinguished Dietitian by the Georgia Dietetic Association in 1969.
Membership in Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Tau Sigma, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Gamma Sigma Delta, American Men of Science, Georgia Future Homemaker Association and Pillsbury Awards Council.
Margaret Elizabeth McPhaul
Margaret Elizabeth McPhaul
Honor Hall 1983
- Awarded the title Associate Professor Emeritus of Child Development
- Human Development and Family Science Center was named for her in 1973
Received her BSHE from University of Georgia in 1931 and MA from Columbia University in 1946.
Associated with the University of Georgia Nursery School almost from its inception as a student assistant and following graduate work and service to the state as Supervisor of Works Progress Administration (WPA) Nurseries, she returned to head the nursery school program in 1937. She served as supervisor until her retirement in 1964.
For more than 25 years, worked for improvement of services for young children and cooperated with many state agencies and service organizations to develop standards and licensing for centers providing care for children.
Was honored for her service to the University of Georgia when the Human Development and Family Science Center was named for her in 1973.
Awarded the title Associate Professor Emeritus of Child Development upon her retirement in 1964.
Memberships in Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Mortar Board, and the Chi Omega Sorority.
Member of the Georgia and American Home Economics Associations, National Association of Nursery Education, Southern Association for Children Under Six, Georgia Education Association and the Association for Childhood Education International.
Asia Elizabeth Todd
Asia Elizabeth Todd
Honor Hall 1982
- Head of Home Economics Education at UGA, 1934-54.
- Developed the Master’s Degree program in Home Economics Education
Taught high school in Attica, Indiana.
Critic teacher at University of Chicago High School.
Served as an Associate Professor in Home Economics at the University of Illinois.
Head of Home Economics Education at the University of Georgia, 1934-54.
Developed the Master’s Degree program in Home Economics Education: 28 students completed the Master’s between 1940-53 including seven that became college professors, four completed the doctorate, two were assistant state supervisors of home economics, most served as supervising teachers for the University of Georgia.
Curriculum materials were developed under her leadership in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Education and State Department of Education.
Author of a popular high school clothing textbook, Clothes for Girls, published in 1935.
Honorary Professional Associations: Phi Upsilon Omicron, Pi Lambda Theta, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Nu Society.
Leila Ritchie Mize
Leila Ritchie Mize
Honor Hall 1981
- Charter member of the Georgia Home Economics Association.
- A pioneer extension leader in Georgia.
Leila Ritchie Mize received her BSHE in 1924 and MS in 1930 from the University of Georgia.
A pioneer extension leader in Georgia, having been appointed the first Home Demonstration Agent in Jackson County in 1916.
Was one of the first four District Home Demonstration Agents (1917-24), a State Home Demonstration Agent (1924-33) and served as State Extension Specialist (1933-49).
An active leader in the formation and development of the Georgia State Home Demonstration Council.
Charter member of the Georgia Home Economics Association.
Memberships included Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Upsilon Omicron and Epsilon Sigma Phi Honor Societies.
Active member of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs, United Daughters of the Confederacy, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of American Colonists.
Mary Ethel Creswell
Mary Ethel Creswell
Honor Hall 1980
- First woman to receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Georgia
- First dean when the college was established in 1933.
- First president of the Georgia Home Economics Association
- A University of Georgia dormitory bears her name.
Mary Ethel Creswell graduated from the State Normal School in Athens in 1902.
In 1913, became the first woman employed by the Federal Extension Office in Washington. She first suggested the name “home demonstration” for the Cooperative Extension Service program that carried home and nutrition information to rural women and girls.
First woman to receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Georgia – a B.S. degree in home economics in 1919.
First dean when the college was established in 1933. Served as dean until 1945. After she retired, she remained with the college as a professor until 1949.
Received the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association’s Award for Outstanding Service in 1949.
First president of the Georgia Home Economics Association and the Southern Home Economics Association.
Lifetime membership in the American Home Economics Association.
Awarded the Certificate of Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honorary Extension Fraternity.
A charter member of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Georgia.
A University of Georgia dormitory bears her name.