Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award, formerly know as the Copher Award, is the highest honor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics bestows on one of its members. The Award honors an Academy member who has contributed to the profession through extensive, active participation and service to the profession of nutrition and dietetics, both within and outside of the Academy. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is someone whose unique contributions have created new opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered; inspired others to take on leadership roles; and promoted the Academy's mission, vision and goals.

Qualifications

  1. A member of the Academy.
  2. Has demonstrated extensive Academy leadership and involvement at national, state and district levels.
  3. Has recognized professional competence in nutrition and dietetics practice such as:
    1. writing (author, editor, etc.)
    2. scientific research
    3. management
    4. education
    5. clinical, community and/or legislative advocacy
  4. Has been a source of inspiration to other members to assume leadership roles.
  5. Has been a trailblazer for the profession, such as created new opportunities for dietitians or technicians.
  6. Has contributed uniquely to the advancement of the profession and/or promoted the Academy's mission, vision and values.
  7. Has demonstrated devotion to the high standards of the profession.

Scoring Criteria

  1. Academy leadership as evidenced by Academy participation and contribution at the national, state, dietetic practice and member interest (DPG/MIG) groups and district/local levels. (40 points total)
    1. Academy National elected/appointed positions (20 points)
    2. State/District and/or DPG/MIG elected/appointed positions (20 points)
  2. Professional excellence in nutrition and dietetics practice, such as publications (peer reviewed, books, book chapters), communications media savvy (websites, newspapers, TV, blogs, social networks), evidence-based guidelines/protocol development and dissemination (management, education, clinical, community). (16 points total)
    1. Publications (8 points)
    2. Communications media (3 points)
    3. Evidence-based guidelines/protocol development and dissemination (5 points)
  3. Source of inspiration to other members to become advocates for dietetics and nutrition professionals and the profession at all levels of society (i.e., mentoring students or peers, inviting presentations within and outside the Academy, advocating public policy through legislative or regulatory activism). (15 points total)
    1. Student or peer mentoring or preceptor for dietetics interns/students (5 points)
    2. Invited presentations (5 points)
    3. Public policy: legislative/regulatory activism (5 points)
  4. Sphere of influence that extends beyond that of the Academy and has contributed to expansion of opportunity for other members of the profession, as evidenced by service and leadership in appointment or election to non-governmental or governmental groups that impact nutrition and dietetic practice; national or global advocacy on issues germane to food, nutrition, health and the essential role of dietetics and nutrition professionals; membership in relevant professional associations beyond the Academy — "a widely recognized voice for the profession"; the reception of national and/or international professional recognition from colleagues, organizations, schools or colleges. (37 points total)
    1. Appointment or election to non-Academy governmental or non-governmental panels, commissions, committees, organizations, societies that impact dietetic practice (17 points)
    2. National or global advocacy on issues germane to food, nutrition, health and the essential role of dietetics and nutrition professionals (10 points)
    3. National or international professional recognition (10 points)
  5. Advanced the profession and/or promoted the Academy's mission, vision and values through demonstrated devotion to the high standards of the profession. (10 points total)

Past Recipients

1945

LT. Ruby Motley Armbrust

1946

Mary P. Huddleson

1947

Lulu G. Graves

1948

Grace Bulman


1949

Fairfax T. Proudfit

1950

Mary de Garmo Bryan

1951

Lenna F. Cooper

1952

Lydia J. Roberts


1953

Mable MacLachlan

1954

Lillian S. Coover

1955

S. Margaret Gillam

1956

Mary I. Barbar


1957

Anna Boller Beach

1958

Helen A. Hunscher

1959

Dorothea F. Turner

1960

Bessie Brooks West


1961

Mary W. Northrup

1962

E. Neige Todhunter

1963

M. Lute Troutt

1964

Beula Becker Marble


1965

Fern W. Gleiser

1966

Margaret A. Ohlson

1967

Doris Johnson

1968

Martha Nelson Lewis


1969

Levelle Wood

1970

Miriam E. Lowenberg

1971

Edith A. Jones

1972

Charlotte M. Young


1973

Gertrude E. Miller

1974

Margaret L. Ross

1975

Katharine E. Manchester

1976

Louise Hatch


1977

Ruth M. Yakel

1978

Corinne H. Robinson

1979

Frances E. Fischer

1980

Grance S. Shugart


1981

Ruby W. Linn

1982

Marjorie M. Donnelly

1983

Beatrice Donaldson David

1984

Mary C. Egan


1985

Isabelle A. Hallahan

1986

Aimee Moore

1987

Arlene M. Wilson

1988

Annie L. Galbraith


1989

Marian Spears

1990

Edna Page Langholz

1991

Anita L. Owen

1992

Kathleen Zolber


1993

Esther Winterfeldt

1994

Janice Neville

1995

Jack Bellick

1996

Sara C. Parks


1997

Audrey C. Wright

1998

Susan Finn

1999

Mary Lou South

2000

Kenneth W. Wear


2001

F. Ann Gallagher

2002

Margaret L. Bogle

2003

Ruby P. Puckett

2004

Harriet H. Cloud


2005

Mary Abbott Hess

2006

Polly A. Fitz

2007

Penny M. Kris-Etherton

2008

Judith L. Dodd


2009

Jane V. White

2010

M. Josephine Martin

2011

Margaret Pipkin Garner

2012

Kathleen Niedert


2013

Sachiko T. St. Jeor

2014

Ronni Chernoff

2015

Penny E. McConnell

2016

Naomi Trostler


2017

Doris V. Derelian

2018

Judith A. Gilbride

2019

Stella Hall Cash

2020

Esther F. Myers


2021

Susan T. Borra, RDN