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Susan L. "Sue" Hefle

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Hefle, Susan L. "Sue" 46, Lincoln, died Wednesday August 30, 2006. Sue was born in Milwaukee, WI, to Louis & Nancy (Woods) Hefle. Sue was an Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and co-director of the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP). Sue was author or co-author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and many book chapters. In addition, she held two patents for analytical methods for aflatoxin. She served on numerous editorial boards, as a reviewer for a dozen scientific journals, and on grant-review boards for various government agencies and private foundations. Sue was active in a number of professional societies for food science, analytical chemistry, allergy, and immunology. She was named a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in 2004 and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in 2003. In 2000, she received the IFT Samuel Cate Prescott award – an award given to honor outstanding researchers. The assistance she provided to the candy and confectionery industry was acknowledged in 1999 when she was given the Marie Kelso Speaker Award. In light of Sue's research, the University of Nebraska awarded her the 1999 Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dinsdale Family Faculty Award. Sue was an avid bicycle rider and racer, having competed since the early 90's in road races, criteriums, and on the velodrome. She became a bicycle racing official in 1991, advancing through the ranks to attain the status of National Commissaire in 2006. Besides being an excellent judge, Sue's forthright personality and strength made her an excellent referee, a specialty more often dominated by men. Of the 1,500 cycling officials in the country, only 50 have made it to the level of National Commissaire, and only 19 of those are women. In the mid-90's, Sue, along with many others, was dissatisfied with the direction that USA Cycling was taking. She believed that more attention should be given to grass roots cycling and more support provided to junior and masters riders. Together with another Midwest cycling enthusiast, Nestor Evancevich, Sue started a new cycling federation, American Bicycle Racing (ABR). She worked with ABR as their Technical Director through August. Family members include father, step-mother: Louis & Mary Jean Hefle, Grafton, WI; brother, sister-in-law: Scott L. & Diane Hefle, Germantown, WI; half-brother: Dan Hefle, Hartland, WI; nephews: Nathan & Jacob Hefle, Germantown, WI; grandmother: Jeanette Kinnel, Glendale, WI; uncles & aunts: Paul & Tina Kinnel, Mequon, WI; Raymond & Sharon Hefle, Taylor, S.C. Sue was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Hefle, and grandparents. Friends and colleagues across the U.S. and the world will mourn Sue's passing. A tribute to Sue's life will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006, from 2 to 7PM at the Lincoln Firefighter's Reception Hall at 241 Victory Lane, Lincoln, NE 68528. In lieu of flowers, her brother requests that memorials be directed to the University of Nebraska Foundation on behalf of the Susan L. Hefle Memorial Fund, c/o Dr. Steve Taylor, FARRP, 143 H.C. Filley Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0919. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at">'>
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 6, 2006
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