Doris A. Tichenor
Doris Tichenor received her bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1952 and her master’s degree in nutrition in 1958 from the University of Kentucky College of Home Economics. In 1969, Tichenor received her doctorate in animal sciences from UK. Prior to completing her doctorate, Tichenor was an instructor and researcher at UK where she examined the quality and nutritional value of fresh and processed horticultural crops. Upon completing her doctorate, she served as assistant director of extension for home economics and community development and as associate dean of the UK College of Home Economics from 1969-1984.
Tichenor was director of home economics programs and chair of the home economics department at the University of Florida from 1984-1994. She served as professor emeritus in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Throughout her career, Tichenor was involved in international collaboration. In 1985, she traveled to China as an invited member of a delegation of women leaders in agriculture to examine food production and consumption patterns of families as they related to agriculture and trade issues. She also served as a consultant with the University Centre of Dschang in Cameroon from 1986-1994.
Tichenor’s professional contributions were nationally recognized. She received the National Home Economics Leader Award from the American Home Economics Association in 1988 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Future Homemakers of America in 1990. She was a member of Sigma Xi, Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Upsilon Omicron and Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Tichenor provided exemplary professional service. Among her contributions are serving on the legislative committee of the Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 1992-1993; the strategic planning committee for the Base Program of Nutrition, Diet and Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1992-1993; and the planning committee of the National Extension Workshop as an administrative advisor: Nutrition, Diet and Health, 1993.
Tichenor served on many national extension committees and task forces, including both the Extension Committee on Policy (ECOP) Home Economics and Community Development/Public Affairs subcommittees; Chair of the ECOP Home Economics Subcommittee, 1988; and membership on the ECOP/ES National Priority Initiative Task Force Competitiveness and Profitability in American Agriculture, 1987-1988.
Tichenor was an active leader in the Association of Administrators of Home Economics, serving as president in 1980-1981. She was a member of the American Home Economics Association and served on its Foundation Board of Trustees from 1990-1993.
After retirement, Tichenor pursued a number of activities including birding, hiking, canoeing, travel, photography and restoration of native plants. In 2000, she traveled with Sigma Xi groups to Egypt, Jordan and Nepal. She was a member of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, Kentucky Ornithological Society, National Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Kentucky Native Plant Society, Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Preservation Kentucky, Landmark Association of Bowling Green and the Retired Faculty of the University of Florida.