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Karen Jean Oby

Karen Jean Oby, American nutritionist. Registered dietitian; licensed to practice in North Dakota.


  • Oby, Karen Jean was born on July 17, 1946 in Grafton, North Dakota, United States. Daughter of John Martin and Helen Sylvia (Gilbertson) Oby.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University North Dakota, 1968. Master in Public Health, University California, Berkeley, 1970.


    • Public health nutritionist/dietitian University Arizona, Tucson, 1970-1971. Public health nutritionist Project Health Opportunities for People Everywhere, Natal, Brazil, 1972. Instructor Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 1973-1976, University North Dakota, Grand Forks, 1976-1979.

      Nutrition coordinator special supplemental food program for women, infants and children North Dakota State Department Health, Bismarck, 1979-1992, director nutrition services, since 1992.

    Major achievements

    • Registered dietitian. Licensed to practice in North Dakota.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Health professional advisor March of Dimes, Bismarck, 1985-1987. Member American Dietetic Association, National Association Women, Infants and Children Directors (nutrition standards committee 1986-1987, regional nutrition representative chair, 1986-1988 ), North Dakota Dietetic Association (treasurer 1979-1980), North Dakota Nutrition Council, Bismarck-MANDAN Nutrition Council (president 1984-1985, 87-88), Bismarck/MANDAN Dietetic Association (vice president 1986-1987), Prairie Textile Arts Guild (president 1986-1987).



    Needlecrafts, reading.


    • Married Thomas Jeffrey Dahle, June 27, 1981. 1 child, Aaron.
    • father: John Martin Oby
    • mother: Helen Sylvia (Gilbertson) Oby
    • spouse: Thomas Jeffrey Dahle
    • child: Aaron Oby
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    Born July 17, 1946
    (age 71)