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Retirement reception for Pat Kendall at Drake Center


Kendall, associate dean for research in the College of Health and Human Sciences and professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition, will be honored Thursday, May 23, 4-6 p.m.

Pat KendallA reception to honor the outstanding career and retirement of Pat Kendall, associate dean for research in the College of Health and Human Sciences and professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition, will be held Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Drake Center, 801 W. Drake Road.

Kendall received her B.S. in home economics education and M.S. in foods and nutrition from Kansas State University before earning her Ph.D. in nutrition education from Colorado State University. Kendall joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as a research associate in 1974, then became an extension specialist in 1976.

Top expert in food safety education

As an extension specialist for 30+ years, Kendall developed a reputation as one of the top experts in the country in food safety education.  She was very successful in identifying emerging food safety issues, building interdisciplinary teams to conduct the applied research needed to address these issues and then translating the findings into effective educational materials and programs.

From 1997 to 2000, Kendall also served as associate head, interim head, and graduate programs coordinator for the Department, eventually joining the College as associate dean for research in 2009.

Throughout her time at CSU, Kendall procured millions of dollars in federal grants and published more than 130 research manuscripts. Her research focused on the development of consumer food safety programs and on nutrition education interventions for chronic disease prevention.  She sits on the board of editors for the Journal of Food Protection and Food Protection Trends and is a past president of the Society for Nutrition Education, the Colorado Dietetic Association, and Simply Colorado, Inc.

More than 1500 newspaper columns

Kendall is known for her weekly nutrition column, Nutrition News, which appeared from 1976 to 2006 in close to 30 newspapers in Colorado, including the Fort Collins Coloradoan, The Denver Post, and Rocky Mountain News. Kendall published more than 1,500 columns on nutrition, health, and food safety topics.

A conversation with Kendall offers insight into how our knowledge of nutrition, behavior, and eating habits has evolved throughout the decades. She says, for example, “Childhood obesity wasn’t a problem when I started writing the column, but has become a challenging issue for society today.”

Kendall has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including the APLU Board on Human Sciences’ Outstanding Engagement Award, CAHS Scholarly Excellence Award, K-State Distinguished Alumni Research Award, CSU Pennock Award, CSU Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Service to Cooperative Extension, and Outstanding Colorado Dietitian of the Year. She has shown outstanding leadership serving on state and national organizations and panels.

Throughout her time at CSU, Kendall has been a donor to the programs in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her support for the College includes gifts to the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center, as well as student scholarships.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: 970.491.5182