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Isabelle A. Hallahan of Amherst, a nationally prominent dietitian, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) in Sisters Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 82.

A Buffalo native, the former Isabelle Ahern graduated from Masten High School, earned a bachelor's degree at what was then Buffalo State Teachers College, then went on to become a registered dietitian before earning a master's degree from Columbia University.

Professionally, she taught home economics in schools throughout the state and was director of school lunch programs.

Mrs. Hallahan served as a nutrition consultant for the Agency for International Development and the State Department. She was director of dining halls at Hofstra College in Hempstead, L.I., and served as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University.

Active in professional organizations, Mrs. Hallahan served as president of the American and New York State dietetic associations and as president of the National Nutrition Consortium. She published extensively in nutritional journals and magazines.

In 1985, Mrs. Hallahan received the Copher Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Dietetic Association. In 1973, she received the Executive Director's Award from the American School Food Service Association. The New York State Dietetic Association bestows an annual award in her name, recognizing accomplishments by a female dietitian working in food service management.

Mrs. Hallahan also was a guest lecturer at Kansas State University and for the American and New York State Dietetic associations.

In 1952, she married John Hallahan, who served as mayor of Farmingdale. The couple retired to Palm Coast, Fla., in 1984, then to Amherst in 1990.

Her husband died in 1994.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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