Vivian Bowie Pilant, of Columbia, SC, died March 29, 2010. She received her master’s degree (1970) from the University of Tennessee, College of Home Economics and her doctor’s degree (2004) from the University of Tennessee, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Her thrity-year career in school food and nutrition services in three states includes a school district in Tennessee, a major city school district in Florida, and two state agencies in South Carolina. She served as state nutritionist for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program for two years. She worked with the South Carolina Department of Education for 20 years, the last 18 as the state director of School Food Services administering child nutrition, food distribution, and nutrition education and training programs. She served on several national advisory committees and panels; made presentations on child nutrition issues to a variety of organizations; appeared on the NBC Today Show, C-Span, CBS’s This Morning; and testified before Congress five times. In October 1994, she was honored by the Govenor for her service to the state with South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of Palmetto. She received a National FAME award in 1997 for her contributions to the Child Nutrition Program, and the Medallion Award from the American Dietetic Association.