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Bedford establishes award for dietetics faculty

Friday, September 16, 2005

MANHATTAN, KAN. - Mary Ruth Bedford, El Paso, Texas, has made a gift of $55,674 to the Kansas State University Foundation to establish the Bedford Distinguished Faculty Award.

The award will provide financial assistance to secure outstanding faculty for the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics in the College of Human Ecology. The recipient of the award will be a faculty member who has expertise in food service management and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in academic settings, with preference given to a registered dietitian.

Bedford graduated from Kansas State University in 1971 with a master's degree in dietetics and institutional management, and received a doctorate in adult education in 1975. She has been active in The American Dietetic Association and received its Medallion Award in 1995 for her contributions to the association and the dietetic profession.

Bedford is a member of Presidents Club, a KSU Foundation leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State.

"My early associations with KSU go back to Bessie Brooks West and Grace Shugart as well as their books, which were like Bibles to dietetic practitioners," Bedford said. "Mrs. Shugart made it possible for me to study for my master's degree under her guidance, and she supported my efforts to earn a doctorate at KSU. Since then I have continued my interest in the KSU programs through contacts with many KSU persons, particularly in HRIMD."
"Dr. Mary Ruth Bedford is one of our most outstanding graduates and loyal supporters of our department and its programs," said Deborah Canter, head of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics. "Her generous support has made it possible for us to enhance the quality of the educational experiences for our students. Dr. Bedford has always been forward-thinking and innovative, as evidenced by her ongoing support of our distance education efforts in dietetics. It is because of loyal and generous alumni such as Dr. Bedford that K-State's food service/hospitality management and dietetics programs are recognized across the country and internationally for their excellence."

This article was posted on Friday, September 16, 2005, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.