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Jean Steckle


Dr. Jean Steckle was a graduate of the University of Guelph (Mac 1952), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and the University of Reading, UK. Following graduation from Mac, she worked in home economics education in Ontario and adult education in Newfoundland. After completing doctoral studies in the UK, she had a long career in nutrition - serving the United Nations in Africa and Rome, the Canadian International Development Research Centre in Africa, and Ottawa and Health Canada working with native populations in many parts of the country. All of her work was predicated on developing meaningful community based nutrition programs.

Her retirement years were devoted to establishing the J. Steckle Heritage Homestead, a non-profit educational facility in the Kitchener, Ontario area. Here she developed programs relating to agriculture, food, and nutrition for youth, families, and various community groups. Among many honours, Jean has received the Canadian Home Economics Association Award of Honour for her leadership in developing international programs. In 1993, she received the University of Guelph Alumnus of Honour award.

Jean Steckle died peacefully at the Homestead, on Friday January 17, 2003, after a long struggle with cancer.

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F. Partridge
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RE1 UOG A1340058