Jean Fewster Collection


The collection consists of 2 scrapbooks (1 loose-leaf), correspondence, photographs, recipes, various dairy convention programs, radio script, Dairy Farmers of Canada press releases, calendars with Dairy Foods Service Bureau events and trips, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, food editor memos, biographical material, and awards. The collection was originally donated in 2005.

Jean Fewster (May 24, 1924-October 15, 2015) received a BHSc in 1946 from the University of Saskatchewan. From 1951-1964, Fewster was Director of Home Economics, Dairy Foods Service Bureau, and Dairy Farmers of Canada in Toronto. This post carried her pen name "Marie Fraser." She developed and directed their consumer information/education program. In the 1960s she went to the University of West Virginia for a summer course and then decided to go back to school. She enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning an MS (Home Economics, Journalism) in 1966 and a PhD in 1969 (Communications). 

After graduation, she accepted a three month consultancy job with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at its headquarters in Rome. That turned into a 15-year commitment which took her travelling to almost 100 countries. See Jean Fewster's obituary. She was particularly influential helping women in emerging countries learn about nutrition and food handling practices. See University of Wisconsin-Madison's news item, LSC Remembers Alumna Jean Fewster, Gracious Donor and Friend.

Late in 2005, the International Development Fund within the Canadian Home Economics Foundation, was renamed the Engberg/Fewster International Development Fund - originally proposed by Lila Engberg and Jean Fewster.


78 cm of textual records

Type(s) Of Materials: 
Published Material
Unpublished Material and Manuscripts
How To Access: 

XM1 MS A140

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