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Diane Anderson
Dr. Diane Anderson, PhD, RD, LD passed away peacefully on October 12, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Diane Marie Anderson was born on May 6th, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio. She is preceded by her parents Enar and Dorothy Anderson and survived by her sisters, Karen Anderson and Marsha (Mark) Chickey, as well as nieces and nephews. Dr. Anderson has been a beloved member of the Section of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital for 20 years and a true pioneer in the field of neonatal nutrition. Dr. Anderson received her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and her Master's and Doctorate of Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University. She then went to work for the Medical University of South Carolina. She came to Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital as an Associate Professor in 2000. She was one of the first neonatal dietitians in the United States and the only person to hold a Maternal and Child Health training grant for neonatal dietitians for over 20 consecutive years. She helped train countless dietitians as well as authored numerous publications, textbook chapters, and organized a national Neonatal Nutrition Conference attended by hundreds each year. Her impact on the health of neonates is immeasurable. In her free time she enjoyed dancing, going to the Ballet and listening to music. Dr. Anderson was truly a special person who treated everyone with kindness and touched the lives of many. She will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held in her honor on October 19, 2020 at 11 am, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, located on 3471 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027. Guests are encouraged to watch the service via live stream due to COVID-19, at: https://www.stlukesmethodist.org/memorial-livestream-2/ The "Dr. Diane Anderson Memorial Neonatal Nutrition Fund" was created to honor her legacy and to support future neonatal dietitian trainees. When making tribute gifts please include Diane Anderson's name and the "Dr. Diane Anderson Memorial Neonatal Nutrition Fund". Gifts can be made online with this link or mailed to: Texas Children's Hospital, Office of Philanthropy Suite 5214, P.O. Box 300630
Houston, TX. 77230-0630. Family has entrusted SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL with final arrangements. To share a special memory of Diane or to sign her online guest book please visit www.schoedinger.com.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 23, 2020
My friendship with Diane started many years ago at graduate school. Over the years we remained friends and had some great adventures - trips to Disney World, Barbara Streisand concerts, helping her unpack when she moved to Houston, visits when she came to Chicago for meetings and lots of shopping trips. Diane was kind, generous and incredibly dedicated to neonatal nutrition. She will be greatly missed.
Sue Cowen
October 18, 2020
I first met Diane when she began taking classes at Stevens Dance Studio in Lakewood, Ohio. We clicked immediately and shared many a giggle as we practiced our bourrees and glissades across the floor. We barely missed any ballet performance held in town and were ecstatic over getting to see Baryshnikov and Nureyev dance at Blossom Music Center.

We stayed in touch over the years and spoke frequently, right up to her last hospital admission. I am grateful for having known her and extend my deepest sympathy to her family, friends and all whom she touched through her extensive work and contributions in the field of neonatal nutrition.

So Diane..... remember to keep your butt tucked under, drop those shoulders, chin up and lengthen your arms. I will look for you as you dance your way through the skies.
pj bennett
October 17, 2020
I believe she was featured on Channel 8's news in Judy Woodruff's Friday memorials. Touching and grateful for her contributions.
Toby Myers
October 16, 2020
I have known Diane since her early years in neonatal nutrition in Cleveland, OH. She helped guide the development of the field throughout her career and has touched the practice of most, if not all, current neonatal dietitian/nutritionists. Her professional leadership and personal friendship will be missed. I extend my deepest sympathy to Diane's family and friends.
Susan Krug
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