Eloise C. Payne, 82, supervisor of cafeterias, college trustee

June 02, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Eloise C. Payne, a registered dietitian who retired as supervisor of Baltimore public school cafeterias, died of leukemia Wednesdayat Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was 82 and lived in Towson.

Known as Chip, Mrs. Payne earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Western Maryland College in Westminster in 1938 and later served as a trustee of the college.

After completing an internship at the University of Maryland Hospital, she began her career as a dietitian at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

There, she "learned to cook," said John Payne, her husband of 57 years. "She had to because the cook couldn't read."

During World War II, Mrs. Payne worked as a dietitian at Peninsula General Hospital and South Baltimore General Hospital before joining the city school system in 1946.

In a 1960 interview with The Evening Sun, Mrs. Payne laughingly identified what students most wanted to see daily on school cafeteria menus.

"The average child's idea of a balanced diet is to hold a hot dog in each hand," she said.

As supervisor of the Baltimore City School Food Service, she oversaw 1,300 employees.

She retired in 1976.

Mrs. Payne was a member of the board of the American Food Service Association and was the first chairman of the organization's national certification program. She was a former president of both the Maryland Dietetic Association and the Maryland School Food Association.

She was a prolific contributor of articles to American Food Services Journal.

In 1976, she was awarded the National School Lunch 30-Year Service Award by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In retirement, Mrs. Payne was one of Western Maryland College's most enthusiastic volunteers, college officials said. She was appointed to the liberal arts college's board of trustees in 1978, a position she held at her death.

Ralph John, who was president of the college from 1972 to 1984, said that she was "vitally interested in academic affairs and student life" at the college.

She was elected president of the Alumni Association in 1982 and was a member of the search committee that selected Robert Chambers as president in 1984.

"She was a tireless fund-raiser for the college and served as national chair of the Annual Fund in 1990 when the fund broke all records, with a 14 percent increase over the previous year's total," said Judy Muller, director of public information for Western Maryland College.

The Paynes endowed the Eloise Chipman Payne Scholarship Fund at the college in 1986.

The couple had no children.

Mrs. Payne, whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, was born Eloise Chipman in Harrington, Del. She graduated from Harrington High School in 1934. She also earned certificates from the University of Maryland, Cornell, Rutgers and Kansas State universities.

She was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland, the Wicomico Chapter of the Eastern Shore Society and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a longtime member of Towson United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College.

Pub Date: 6/02/98

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