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PILANT, Dr. Vivian Bowie; died 29 Mar 2010. Native of Maury Co. Tn born in Columbia; Daughter of Wade Hampton Bowie, Sr. and Nora Clemens Bowie; 1959 grad. of Columbia Central High School; Bachelor of Science Degree (magna cum laude) from U.T. at Martin & Ph.D in Nutrition from U.T. Knoxville; mar. to Tom Pilant of S.C.; Dr. Pilant was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dietetic Association, American School Food Service Association, and Society for Nutrition Education.
She served on several national advisory committees and panels; made presentations on Child Nutrition issues to a variety of organizations; appeared on the NBC Today Show, C-Span, CBSís This Morning; and testified before Congress five times. During 1994-1995, she was president of the American School Food Service Association, a 65,000 member nation-wide organization of food service personnel and was President-elect of the South Carolina Nutrition Council.
In October 1994, she was honored by the Governor for her service to the state with South Carolinaís highest civilian award, the Order of Palmetto. In 1996, she was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian in the Columbia Midlands Dietetic Association, received a National FAME award in 1997 for her contributions to the Child Nutrition Program, and the Medallion Award from the American Dietetic Association.)  
  Submitted by: Mary Bob McClain Richardson 2 May 2010.