Helen Hansen Koehler

Honored by:Fred Koehler
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Helen A. Hansen was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Grace Richards and Jens Rasmus Hansen. She grew up in Webster Groves, MO but has lived since 1958 in Pullman, WA. Her father was a 1920 graduate of Iowa State. Helen Hansen married Fred E. Koehler in 1947; they have four daughters: Carolyn Mary-Ruth Jane and Kristin.

Helen Koehler received numerous awards for her service in the Camp Fire Girls organization as group leader for 11 years as president of the leaders' association and as board member of the District the Council and the regional Camp Neewahlu Council. She has served in leadership positions in many other organizations including AAUW Church groups and music associations.

She is an avocational musician having in recent years earned a B.A. in Music. Helen Koehler had a very productive 30-year career as a Foods and Nutrition faculty member at Washington State University retiring in 1987 as associate professor (Emeritus) of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her thirty publications primarily involved nutritional and chemical properties of various foods and foodstuffs and sensory evaluation of these foods. For a number of years she was advisor for Kappa Chapter of Omicron Nu at WSU. Respect for her capability among the scientific community was shown by her election as president of the WSU Chapter of Sigma Xi.