Lenore M. Sullivan

Honored by:Ruth Robson
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Students of Lenore Sullivan remember her as an outstanding teacher guiding them to an appreciation of the artistry of food preparation, gracious service, and an introduction to regional and international cuisines. Her enthusiasm, creativity, and desire for excellence were an inspiration to students and colleagues.

Lenore Sullivan was born February 24, 1900 in Butte, Montana. She completed a baccalaureate degree at Montana State College in 1927 and a Master of Science degree in Institution Management at Iowa State College in 1929.

Miss Sullivan joined the Iowa State faculty in Institution Management in 1930. She retired in 1966 and was made Professor Emeritus just prior to her death on January 13, 1967.

Miss Sullivan's academic responsibilities were enriched by a variety of experiences in food service management. She made a special contribution to Iowa State following World War II by directing the operation of the food service at Camp Dodge, Iowa, which was used as an auxiliary campus for returning veterans.

Lenore Sullivan gained national recognition for two major publications the "Quantity Recipe File" and the book "What to Cook For Company". For her teaching and writing she developed and tested thousands of recipes gathered through her interest in food and travel. Both of these publications were used in the teaching programs at Iowa State University and had wide distribution.

Miss Sullivan was a member of the American Home Economics Association, The American Dietetic Association, and the Phi Upsilon Omicron as well as a member of the honorary societies Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Nu. In 1963 she received a Cardinal Key Award from the San Diego Iowa State Alumnae Association, and in 1964 a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State Alumni Association.

At the time of her death, a colleague described her as a "rewarding person always interested and always interesting, alive to ideas, deeply concerned about individuals and their problems, actively engaged in school, church, and community, affairs and plentifully endowed with a pointed, down-to-earth Irish wit. Even during her long and discouraging illness, nothing could dim the spark that flashed from her mischievous Irish eyes."

The Sullivan Award was established by the Institution Management Department in her memory. The award is presented annually to an outstanding student in the catering and quantity food production classes.

Submitted on 4/95