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Richard August Ahrens

Richard August Ahrens, American nutrition educator. Recipient Excellence Instruction award, College Agricultural chapter University Maryland, College Park Alumni Association, 1993; grantee, Nutrition Foundation, 1968-1970, National Institutes of Health, 1979-1982.


  • Ahrens, Richard August was born on September 18, 1936 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Richard William and Gladys LaVerne (Bierman) Ahrens.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Davis, 1963.


    • Research physiologist United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, 1963—1966. Associate professor University Maryland, College Park, 1966—1975, professor nutrition, since 1975, coordinator graduate program nutrional science, 1989—1992. Manager Open Workstation Laboratory, since 1993.

      Visiting lecturer University London, 1973. Visiting professor Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, 1987—1988. Chairman Maryland Board Dietetic Practice, 1990—1994.



    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Election judge Prince Georges County, Maryland, 1970—1986. Treasurer Boys and Girls Club, Berwyn Heights, 1978—1979. Fellow: American College Nutrition.

    Member: American Dietetic Association, American Institute Nutrition, Maryland Home Economic Association (president 1982-1983), Sigma Xi.



    Beer and wine making.


    • Married Joan Ellen Morley, August 19, 1961. Children: Deborah Joan, Jill LaVerne, David Richard.
    • father: Richard William Ahrens
    • mother: Gladys LaVerne (Bierman) Ahrens
    • spouse: Joan Ellen Morley
    • children: Deborah Joan Ahrens
    • Jill LaVerne Ahrens
    • David Richard Ahrens
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    Born September 18, 1936