Clara Ruth Darby Lecture Series
To the food and nutrition students of the University of the Philippines in the late forties up to the mid-fifties, Dr. Clara Ruth Darby was an inspiration and a model to emulate so as to be able to comply with the requirements of the American Dietetic Association, be accepted for dietetic internship in U.S. hospitals, earn a master’s degree or even a PhD. The dreams of most of these first graduates were realized when they were readily accepted to dietetic internships and graduate programs in the U.S., thank to the recommendations of Dr. Darby. And when they returned to the Philippines, they become mentors of future dietitians, chief dietitians in hospitals, and most important, become instrumental in the professionalization of dietetics in the Philippines.
Cognizant of Dr. Darby’s role in the birth and growth of dietetics as a profession in the Philippines, Virginia Serraon Claudio and Andrea Aquino conceived the idea of honoring Dr. Darby and what better way than a lecture series. Thus former students and friends of Dr. Darby established the Clara Ruth Darby Fund for the lecture series. Virgie Claudio spearheaded the fund drive in the U.S. even contributing proceed from the sale of one of her books to the fund. And in 1991, the first Clara Ruth Darby Lecture was delivered by Elena Ocampo. In 1997, after the death of Dr. Darby, the series was renamed Clara Ruth Darby Memorial Lecture Series.
The Lecture Series is the NDAP Foundation’s way of honoring the memory of Dr. Darby and at the same time recognizing professionals who have lived up to the ideals of excellence and dedication that Dr. Darby stood for.
Clara Ruth Darby Lecturers, 1991 – 2004
1991 Elena D. Ocampo, MSFN
1992 Corazon VC. Barba, PhD
1992 Virginia S.Claudio, PhD
1993 Demetria C. Bongga, PhD
1993 Linda Lagman -Hoops, PhD
1994 Patrocinio E.de Guzman,MS,FIUNS
1995 Sanirose S. Orbeta, MS, FADA
1997 Lourdes M. Labrador, MSN
1999 Velona A. Corpus, MSN
2000 Josefa E. Eusebio, PhD
2001 Celeste C. Tanchoco, MPH
2002 Ma. Regina A. Pedro, PhD
2003 Sofia V. Amarra, PhD
2004 Leonora N. Panlasigui, PhD
2005 Ma. Rowena I. Nazereno, MS
2007 Lorraine F. Villanueva, MBA, PhD
2008 Leonor U. Maro, RND, PhD
2009 Grace P. Perdigon, RND, PhD
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