(nee Heffernan)


UBC, 1950, BHE, Home Economics


Gwenyth T. Kitos (nee Heffernan) was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan , in 1929. She obtained a BHE (Food and Nutrition) degree in 1950 and while a student was on the winning two-person Home Economics Debate team which won the cup for the annual university debate in 1949-50. In this case Gwenyth’s team defeated the Law School team. Following graduation she married Paul Kitos (BSA, 1950; MSA, 1952) and completed a one-year Dietetic Internship at Vancouver General Hospital .

“After the children were born I stayed home, then when they were all in school I returned to dietetics work in 1965. During my career I worked in a number of interesting areas: as a member of the Visiting Nurse Association; Teaching Assistant in Nutrition at the University of Kansas; Consultant for Nursing Homes, Hospital and Student Dormitory food services; Nutrition Counselor for a senior health clinic; and Public Health Nutritionist and Coordinator for the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Also, I wrote a monthly nutrition newsletter and numerous pamphlets for WIC, wrote an article on nutrition education for a national newsletter, WIC Currents, and wrote an article on children and breakfast for a national children’s magazine. In recognition of these achievements I received the award of Nutrition Educator of the Year for the state of Kansas WIC, 1993.

The professor that I remember most vividly at UBC was Nina Morely. She created interest in the scientific method of nutrition education. Among my fondest UBC memories are; the campus, the quad, many friends made, attending talks by the many world-renowned persons brought to campus, and tea dances at the Brock.”

Mrs Kitos and husband Dr Paul Kitos reside in Lawrence, Kansas. They have six children, Theresa, Peter, John, Anne Marie, Richard and Emily.

R Blair 2002

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