Culinary History Collection


Current Editor: Cynthia D. Bertelsen

Issue 7 Winter 2005

In Memoriam: Virginia Moore Wiley

by Anne Hertzler

Virginia Moore Wiley was a valued member of the Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee. She participated in our meetings and donated a number of books to the Collection. She also solicited the contribution of books of special interest from her friends. As a contemporary of Janet Cameron, she was especially interested in the endowed scholarship which honors Ms Cameron.

VDA Lines, the newsletter of the Virginia Dietetic Association, published this tribute to Virginia Moore Wiley.

"It is with great sadness that VDA acknowledges the recent death of Virginia Moore Wiley on July 16, 2004 following a brief illness. Ms. Wiley was a native of Roanoke and an outstanding member of the American Dietetic Association in Virginia for 57 years--serving as Past President and Delegate to the ADA House of Delegates. For her many accomplishments on the job as Assistant Chief Dietitian at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem and contributions to the dietetics profession, Ginny was bestowed with our affiliate's highest honor in being named VDA's Distinguished Dietitian in 1967. She continued to serve the Association at all levels through the years, most recently as a bylaws reviewer for VDA and the Southwest District on their latest revisions. Ms. Wiley was recognized again this past spring as a Virginia Leader in conjunction with VDA's 75th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting in Charlottesville that she attended with great delight.

Upon retirement from the VA, Ginny gave many hours of volunteer time to several organizations in Roanoke. A favorite was tutoring individual children at the West End Presbyterian Church. Just last year, she tutored a young boy in reading and then gave him a scholarship to attend 4-H Camp. She was an active member of the Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church and a regular volunteer at the Roanoke Visitors Center and Center in the Square, both on the Market downtown.

Ms. Wiley was a graduate of James Madison University and the Cincinnati General Hospital Internship. She was a world traveler including repeat visits to many countries in Europe. Often times, Ginny was accompanied by other Virginia dietitians who remember her as an outstanding career woman full of pride for her profession, model volunteer and wonderful friend who enjoyed life and the people who shared in it with her.

A donation in memory of Virginia Moore Wiley was made by the Virginia Dietetic Association to the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection at Virginia Tech in which she was associated in recent years. Our collective sympathy is extended to her surviving family, colleagues and many friends."

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