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Editor , educator , Nutritionist

Elaine Ranker Monsen, American nutritionist, educator, editor. Grantee Nutrition Foundation, 1965-1968, Agricultural Research Service, 1969-1984; recipient Distinguished Alumnus award University Utah, F. Fischer Memorial Nutrition Lecturer award, 1988, L.F. Cooper Memorial Lecturer award, 1991, L. Hatch Memorial Lecturer award, 1992, Goble Lecturer award Purdue University, 1997.


Monsen, Elaine Ranker was born on June 6, 1935 in Oakland, California, United States. Daughter of Emery R. and Irene Stewart (Thorley) Ranker.


Bachelor of Arts, University Utah, 1956;Master of Science (Mead Johnson graduate scholar), University of California, Berkeley, 1959;Doctor of Philosophy (National Science Foundation fellow), University of California, Berkeley, 1961;postgraduate National Science Foundation science faculty fellow, Harvard University, 1968-1969.


Dietetic intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1956-1957;assistant professor nutrition, lecturer biochemistry, Brigham Young U., Provo, Utah., 1960-1963;member of faculty, U. Washington, since 1963;professor nutrition and medicine, U. Washington, since 1984;professor nutrition, Adjunct Professor medicine, U. Washington, 1976-1984;chairman division human nutrition, dietetics and foods, U. Washington, 1977-1982;director graduate nutritional science program, U. Washington, since 1994;member Council of College Arts and Sciences, U. Washington, 1974-1978;member U. Washington Press committee, U. Washington, since 1981;chairman, Nutrition Studies Commission, 1969-1983. Visiting scholar Stanford University, 1971-1972. Member science advising committee food fortification Pan-American Health Organisation, São Paulo, Brazil, 1972.

Training grant coordinator National Institutes of Health, 1976-1997.


  • Other Work

    • Editor-in-chief Journal American Dietetic Association, 1983-2003. Editor Emeritus, Journal American Dietetic Association, since 2003. Member editorial board Council Biology Editors, 1992-1996.

      Author research papers on lipid metabolism, iron absorption, Research: Successful Approaches, 3rd edition, 2008.


Board of directors A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, 1969-1972. Trustee, board directors Seattle Foundation, 1978-1995, vice chairman, 1987-1991, chairman, 1991-1993. Pres.Seattle board Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 1984-1985.

Member Puget Sound Blood Center Board, since 1996. Member American Institute Nutrition, American Society Clinical Nutrition (secretary 1987-1990), American Dietetic Association, Society Nutrition Education, American Society Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Washington Heart Association (nutrition council 1973-1976), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Raymond Joseph Monsen, Junior, January 21, 1959. 1 daughter, Maren Ranker Grainger-Monsen.

Emery R. Ranker

Irene Stewart (Thorley) Ranker

Raymond Joseph Monsen