Professor Shirley Ann NEWCOMB
1923 - 2016
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NEWCOMB, Professor Shirley Ann

Professor Shirley Ann Newcomb passed away peacefully on Monday October 16, 2016 in Moscow, Idaho. She was 93.
Shirley was born on June 30, 1923 in Cambridge, Nebraska to Leila Lodica Babcock Newcomb and Kenneth Ralph Newcomb. Shirley grew up in Cambridge with her older sister Jennette in a very loving family. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in dietetics and was recruited to teach home economics at the University of Idaho by Margaret Ritchie. Shirley promised two years and taught for 40.
At the U of I Shirley was well loved by thousands of students whom she taught, mentored and mothered. Professionally she is responsible for establishing the Consortium Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics which provided practicum placements in regional hospitals and allowed participants to take the exam to become Registered Dietitians. She served on state and national boards and committees to further dietetics and participated in the first People to People Dietitians exchange with New Zealand and Australia. She served three years on the USDA National Advisory Board on Child Nutrition. In her lifetime in Moscow, Shirley has been awarded two UI Alumni Awards for Faculty Excellence, The School of Home Economics Alumna Award, the June Yerrinton Idaho Dietetics Association Outstanding Dietitian, University of Nebraska Distinguished Alumna Award, the Idaho Treasure Award, The School of Family and Consumer Sciences Centennial Award and the UI College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Dean's Achievement Award. She is a charter member of the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker committee. Shirley also contributed to many local boards and activities.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, her brother-in-law Warren Zwink, and her nephew Michael Zwink. She is survived by niece Pamela Zwink Holliday and her husband Robert Johns and three great nephews, Scott Zwink and wife Paula of Seattle, Kevin Zwink and wife Brenda Lehman of Wichita and Kirk Zwink and partner Lisa Vella.
A Memorial service will be held at the University Inn - Best Western at 3p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts could go to the Shirley Newcomb Dietetics Scholarship Endowment at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83843.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Oct. 19, 2016.
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14 entries
November 8, 2016
Remembering Miss Newcomb as a wonderful role model, and a truly caring dietetics advisor. I look back with fondness at my years in the Home Economics Department at Idaho, and appreciate Miss Newcomb's wisdom,expertise, and kindness.
Judy Turcotte
October 24, 2016
What an inspiring teacher. As a freshman in 1958, I had no idea what dietitian was. Ms. Newcomb included me when she took the Juniors to Seattle to check out the internships there. She was always encouraging to all students and kept track of us throughout our careers. She is missed.
Kay Oakes Oring
October 24, 2016
The most devoted professor that I have ever come across. An inspiration to me, my very first professor. What a dedication that she had for her profession.She will be missed but her torch will be carried on by her students like me.
Dr. Shirley Newcomb,
May God keep you under his wings, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me who I am today. I still hear her growling stomach during near lunch time classes but she will go on with her classes, no matter what, growling hungry stomach or else. What an incredible Educator of our time.
Thank you, Professor Newcomb. We will miss you.
Dr. Devaki R. Uthurusamy, MD MS MPH MBA
October 22, 2016
A breath of fresh air in the Home Ec. department in 1949--and only 6 years older than I!! I will never forget her help and support to get me out of the Home Management house in time for graduation after I spent 10 days in the Infirmary with the hard measles. It was wonderful to spend some time with her many years later and renew a good friedship. Rest in peace, Shirley. You were an inspiration to many of us.
Beverlee Randall White
Dietetics 1950
Beverlee White
October 22, 2016
Shirley, Shirley, were a tireless teacher, mentor and friend. Thank you for your inspiration and guidance in the nutrition profession. You inspired many to dedicate their lives to a healthy life and profession caring for the health of others.
I'll miss you.
Carole Lynn Ives,
Vashon, Washington
Carole Lynn Ives
October 21, 2016
Shirley was a Newcomb cousin from Cambridge,NE. We admired her accomplishments, her allegiance to Cambridge Public Schools, old friends from there, and we were privileged to serve her 1940 Class reunion dinner for she and her Class members here at our Cambridge Bed & Breakfast. Her Mother, Lelah, was a lovely and talented lady and her cinnamon rolls were world class delicious!
Shirley inspired many students and made a huge contribution to the well being of our world by teaching the importance of sound nutrition in our lives.
Thank You Shirley!! You were a champion and will be greatly missed.. May you rest in peace.....
Cousin, Gloria (Joseph) Hilton & Gerald Hilton
October 21, 2016
Ms. Newcomb was one of the best instructors in the Home Ec dept at U of I in the late 70's. I still remember her nutrition classes and to this day I know that is why I am always interested in learning more about how to be healthy.
Denise Thomas
October 21, 2016
Just two undergraduate years ('49/'50) under Professor Shirley Newcomb encouraged my lifelong passion in Nutrition. She was a mentor without peer. A cherished friend. Thank you Shirley
Sheila Darwin-Humphrey
October 21, 2016
My favorite teacher at the University of Idaho. She guided me through my Food and Nutrition course and Internship. Thanks Miss Newcomb!
Susan Inouye
October 20, 2016
Fond memories of a very special person, teacher, mentor.
Shirley Yoder Biladeau
October 20, 2016
One of my favorite instructors from the "late 60's". She taught me to enjoy nutrition education!
Marlene Bean
October 20, 2016
You were a wonderful professor. I remember when you mentioned in class that you always had a glass of orange juice every morning with your breakfast. That must be why you lived such a fruitful life!
Linda Benson McKim
October 20, 2016
A very special instructor. Taught me to value nutrition on a daily basis which I tried to instill in my nutrition students and my family.
Alice Anderson
October 19, 2016
I hope you know how much I loved you. I will miss you this Thanksgiving. It will never be the same. I loved your bravery and sharp mind. You told it like it was!
I'll be watching the Cornhuskers for you this season. Goodbye my friend.
Janice Corey
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