Ann Hertzler: Professor, Extension Specialist, and Culinary Friend

Some of our followers may have heard of, seen comments on the blog by, or personally known, our long-time History of Food and Drink Collection friend, donor, and supporter, Ann Hertzler. We were saddened to learn that Ann passed away last week on February 6, 2014, at her residence in North Carolina.

In 1957, Ann A. Hertzler received a B.S. in Home Economics Education from Pennsylvania State University. She taught high school Home Economics for two years. In 1960, she completed a Master of Science in Nutrition at the Drexel Institute of Technology. Between 1960 and 1966, she taught at the Drexel Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois University, and spent a year as a dietitian in England. She then pursued a Ph.D. in Nutrition at Cornell University, completing her studies in 1973. From 1970 to 1980, Hertzler was a professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1980, she joined the faculty at Virginia Tech as a professor of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, and as a Foods and Nutrition Extension Specialist. She retired in 2001.

During the course of her career, she published many research articles, authored Cooperative Extension publications, served on thesis and dissertation committees, and presented at conferences and events. She received regional and national awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship (1989-1990) and the American Dietetic Association’s Award for Excellence in Dietetic Education (1999).

No matter where she was or who she was speaking to, Ann was enthusiastic about her work. She helped bring the original Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection to Special Collections in 1999-2000. After the larger Culinary History Collection (now the History of Food & Drink Collection) was established, Ann’s focus on children and nutrition issues led her to create the Ann Hertzler Children’s Cookbook and Nutrition Literature Collection and a related endowment in 2005. Through donations and purchases, this sub-group of materials now includes more than 430 publications, pamphlets, and collections of ephemera. We are also the home of much of Ann’s professional papers, donated by her between 2001 and 2013. A finding aid is available online. Some of the resources from her collection have been digitized and can be found through the finding aid or her online faculty archives.

On a personal note (archivist/blogger Kira here), in my five years working with this collection of culinary materials, Ann and I emailed frequently, though I only met her once when she visited the Blacksburg and Roanoke area to give a presentation. She was always curious about the latest acquisitions, about who was using culinary materials, and about what we might have on a specific topic. She was quick to send people my way with questions, when she wasn’t posing her own, and she continued to support researchers in the United States and abroad. Special Collections and the University Libraries will always be grateful for her past efforts and we will miss her support in the future.

Later this week, I hope to have a second post, one that highlights some donations from Ann, purchases made with her endowment, and some of her own work, as well. In the meantime, if you have memories or thoughts of Ann you would like to share, we would be happy to post them. You can submit a comment below, or use the form on the “Contacting Special Collections” page and we’ll see that they make it to the comments section.

3 thoughts on “Ann Hertzler: Professor, Extension Specialist, and Culinary Friend

  1. jean robbins

    Saddened by our loss of Ann Hertzler. I had an email from her on January 27th, and she was excited over her new I-Pad. So typical of Ann–always enthusiastic, positive, interested in so many things, and a mentor for her friends’ projects! Most of all, she was a sincere and caring friend!

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  3. Diane Jeffries

    In 1990, Ann visited South Australia and stayed with my husband, 8 year old son and myself at our home in the Adelaide Hills. After having cooked several meals for us all, I then discovered to my horror, that I had been dining with a professor of nutrition and cookery! I was then exceedingly nervous about my limited abilities! On returning to her home, she sent me a book of American recipes to try, with some very kind words about my culinary abilities. A charming lady, full of fun and knowledge and a loss to the education fraternity. We had many lively discussions on the differences between my New Zealand terminology and her American terms and the confusions that can occur. A brief time spent in her company, but one the photos we have of her, bring her back to mind with laughter and now, on learning of her death some years ago, some sadness.
    Regards, Mrs Diane Jeffries.

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