Eleanor Anne Young
Health and Environment
Dr. Eleanor Anne Young, one of the foremost research scientists and educators in the field of nutrition, taught and conducted research for 35 years at Incarnate Word College and for 22 years at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she was a full professor in the Department of Medicine. Young taught thousands of students and authored more than 100 scientific papers at institutions throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and Sweden.
The nutrition program she developed for the University of Texas Health Center in 1985 was cited by the National Academy of Science as a prototype of excellence for a creative nutrition curriculum for medical students - an honor awarded to only four schools in the nation. Dr. Young performed patient care as an associate consulting member of the medical staff at the Medical Center Hospital and as a nutrition consultant at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio.
Dr. Young served as a member of numerous government committees relating to nutrition and health care, including the Technical Advisory Committee for the Texas Childhood Hunger Identification Project, which was instrumental in the development and passage of Texas’ 1993 Omnibus Childhood Hunger Bill.
She was also a member of the nutrition work group invited to develop “Healthy Texans 2000 Partnership,” which outlined objectives and made recommendations to improve the health and nutrition of Texas.
In 1982 Dr. Young was selected as the Texas Dietician of the Year. In 1984 she was elected to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, and the San Antonio Express-News named her one of the Ten Outstanding Women in San Antonio. In 1987 the San Antonio Light named her the Light’s Sunday’s Woman of the Year.
She received the 1990 Outstanding Contribution Nutrition Award from the Texas State Nutrition Council, and in 1991 she was elected fellow of the American Institute of Nutrition.
Dr. Young’s dedication and accomplishments as a teacher, scientist, and nutritionist have helped Texans live longer, healthier and happier lives.