OF THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION RESEARCH SOCIETY, INC.

During a 1966 conference on food distribution, a motion was made to form an association and develop a constitution and by-laws. These documents were drawn and acted upon at the 1967 conference. The first slate of officers was: Theodore W. Leed, University of Massachusetts, president; Donald J. O’Neill, Grand Union, president-elect; and Dale L. Anderson, USDA, secretary/treasurer.

The six directors elected were Lewis F. Norwood, Federal Extension Service; Eric C. Oesterle, Purdue University; Harry F. Krueckeberg, University of Delaware; George L. Baker, Super Market Institute; Harold J. Rafson, Tupco Associates; and Earl E. Mason, Cooperative Food Distributors of America. Four vice-presidents were added in 1969. The following is a list of past FDRS presidents:

  • 2016 Dr. Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
  • 2014-2015 Dr. Timothy Woods, University of Kentucky
  • 2013 Dr. Forrest Stegelin, University of Georgia
  • 2012 Dr. Ronald Rainey, University of Arkansas
  • 2011 Dr. John Park, Texas A&M University
  • 2010 Dr. Aaron Johnson, University of Idaho
  • 2009 Dr. R. Wes Harrison, Louisiana State University
  • 2008 Dr. Ken Hood, Mississippi State
  • 2007 Dr. Rodney Holcomb, Oklahoma State
  • 2006 Dr. Allen Wysocki, University of Florida
  • 2005 Dr. Dixie Watts Reaves, Virginia Tech
  • 2004 Dr. Randall James, The Ohio State University
  • 2003 Dr. Richard Weldon, University of Florida
  • 2002 Dr. Roger Hinson, Louisiana State University
  • 2001 Dr. David B. Eastwood, University of Tennessee
  • 2000 Dr. Virgil P. Culver, Mississippi State University
  • 1999 Mrs. Barbara James, The Ohio State University
  • 1998 Dr. Edmund Estes, North Carolina State University
  • 1997 Dr. Carl Toensmeyer, University of Delaware
  • 1996 Dr. Des O’Rourke, Washington State University
  • 1995 Dr. John L. Adrian, Jr., Auburn University
  • 1994 Dr. Constance Falk, New Mexico State University
  • 1993 Dr. James J. Corbett, Merrimack College
  • 1992 Dr. John Brooker, University of Tennessee
  • 1991 Mr. Frank Panyko, The Food Institute
  • 1990 Dr. Charles R. Handy, ERS/NED/USDA
  • 1989 Mr. Gordon Flynn, Gordon Flynn & Associates
  • 1988 Dr. Jarvis L. Cain, University of Maryland
  • 1987 Dr. Robert Degner, University of Florida
  • 1986 Dr. Oral Capps, Jr., Virginia Tech
  • 1985 Mr. Douglas J. Richardson, Jr., American Home Foods
  • 1984 Dr. Harold S. Ricker, USDA/AMS
  • 1983 Mr. Paul Canavan, Stop & Shop
  • 1982 Dr. Charles W. Coale, Jr., Virginia Tech
  • 1981 Mr. Dick Polk, Polk Equipment Company
  • 1980 Dr. Harvey A. Meier, Oregon State University
  • 1979 Mr. Gerald E. Peck, NAWGA
  • 1978 Dr. William J. Vastine, Texas A&M
  • 1977 Mr. Lewis F. Norwood, Jr., NARGUS
  • 1976 Dr. Sykes E. Trieb, University of Georgia
  • 1975 Dr. Harry Schreiber, Jr., Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell
  • 1974 Dr. Jarvis L. Cain, University of Maryland
  • 1973 Mr. Dean W. Jones, Consultant, Illinois
  • 1972 Mr. Dale L. Anderson, USDA/ARS
  • 1971 Mr. James F. Ritchie, Victory Markets
  • 1970 Dr. Eric C. Oesterle, Purdue University
  • 1969 Mr. Donald J. O’Neill, Grand Union Co.
  • 1968 Dr. Theodore W. Leed, University of Massachusetts

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