Gertrude Dorothy Amanda ARMBRUSTER(1925 - 2012)

ARMBRUSTER, Gertrude Dorothy Amanda

Gertrude Dorothy Amanda Armbruster, formerly of Ithaca, New York, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2012 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she had resided for the past five years. She was born in Stony Plain, Alberta on November 29, 1925. She received her B.S. in Home Economics at the University of Alberta, her M.S. in Food and Nutrition and her Ph.D. in Food Science at Washington State University. Gertrude was an Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Food in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She joined the Cornell faculty in 1952 as an assistant professor in the Department of Food and Nutrition and was later appointed associate professor. One of her primary areas of research was how components of the microwave cooking system affect the sensory and nutritional attributes of food, particularly fruits and vegetables. She thoroughly enjoyed her work and her students and received numerous awards for her contributions to her field. Following her retirement, she was an active board member of Foodnet in Ithaca. Gertrude was predeceased on July 25, 2010 by her husband, Carlton Edwards, and earlier by her sisters, Helen Hillyer and Margaret Shwed, and her brother, Jack Armbruster. She is survived by her brother, John Armbruster (Beth), several nieces, one nephew, several cousins, and her late husband's children and their families. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Wyndham West, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, for making the last chapter of Gertrude's life so rich and enjoyable and for warmly caring for her during her final days.


Published in Ithaca Journal on Dec. 8, 2012