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Nell I. Mondy Fellowship

Nell I. Mondy Fellowship


Nell Irene Mondy was born in 1921 in Pocahontas, Arkansas. She received B.S. and B.A. degrees in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Ouachita Baptist University in 1943 and a master’s degreein Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1945. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1953, where she continued to teach as a Professor of Nutritional Science from 1961 until 1992. Dr. Mondy was an expert on the biochemistry and nutritional benefits of the potato. Although her early research dealt with vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline oxidation, and the availability of iron for human nutrition, she later focused on the nutritional aspects of fresh and processed potatoes. She served as a consultant in human nutrition both in the United States and abroad in 47 different countries. During sabbaticals from Cornell, Dr. Mondy served as Supervisory Food Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consultant to the R.T. French Company (now known as French’s), and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was the author of more than 180 publications and published two books: “Experimental Food Chemistry” (1980) and her autobiography “You Never Fail Until You Stop Trying: The Story of a Pioneer Woman Chemist” (2001).


In 1960, Dr. Mondy was one of seven scientists from the United States selected to receive a NATO Award to participate in the seminar “Recent Advances in Food Science” in Glasgow, Scotland, where she helped plan the first International Food Congress. Dr. Mondy received a GWIS Honorary Membership award for excellence in research in 1986. She received the first Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award from the Institute of Food Technologists in 1997 “for the pursuit of humanitarian ideals and unselfish dedication resulting in significant contributions to the well-being of the food industry, academia, students, and the general public”.


Dr. Mondy was a longtime member of GWIS, and served at both the chapter (Alpha Chapter, at Cornell University) and the National level for many years. She served as Chair of the Fellowships Committee (1971-1974), Archivist (1978-1983), Coordinator of National Awards (1975), Vice-President (1981-1982), President-Elect (1982-1983), and President (1983-1984). From 1985 to 1990 she was on the Board of Directors and served as Chair in 1990. Dr. Mondy received the GWIS Meritorious Service Award in 2001 for her continued dedicated service. Dr. Mondy began funding a fellowship in her name several years before her death in 2005, and left a considerable portion of her estate to GWIS for fellowships, with a preference to be given to applicants in food science, nutrition, or toxicology.The first Nell I. Mondy Fellowship was awarded in 2002.


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