Mary K. Korslund, PhD
Mary Korslund's professional career was driven by the nutritional needs of children. Starting in a country school in rural Iowa and gaining pedagogical experience tutoring a young cousin brought into the Korslund family, Mary graduated from Eagle Grove Iowa High School in 1952 and Iowa State University in 1956 with a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition. She undertook dietetics internships at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin, returning to Iowa State to earn a master’s degree in 1962. She later completed her formal education with a PhD awarded from the University of Nebraska in 1972.
Mary took a position with Virginia Tech's Department of Human Nutrition and Foods in 1964, where she remained for 31 years until she retired in 1995. As an associate professor of teaching and research, Mary co-authored numerous papers and scientific journal articles related to child and adolescent nutrition. She is remembered with fondness by the many students and colleagues for whom she provided guidance and wisdom over her many years of teaching and research.
Mary was a long-time active member of Luther Memorial Congregation in Blacksburg, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She also was an enthusiastic booster of Hokies women’s athletics teams and enjoyed chaperoning several collegiate opera tours for Radford University.