Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Gershoff, Stanley N., 1924
Stanley N. Gershoff (b.1924) was the first dean of the Tufts University School of Nutrition.
Born April 26, 1924, Gershoff obtained a B.A. in Zoology and Chemistry (1943), andboth a M.A.(1948) and a Ph. D. (1951) in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. From 1943-46, Gershoff served in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a United States Army Sergeant.
Gershoff acted as a consultant to governmental and scientific agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture, the U.S. Senate, UNICEF and the Thailand Department of Health. During the 1960s, Gershoff participated in the Citizens Board of Inquiry into Hunger and Malnutrition in the United States. He also chaired a panel on systems of delivery of food and money for food at the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health.
Gershoff came to Tufts in 1977 from the Harvard School of Public Health, where he had been an associate professor and member of the faculty since 1952. He was hired by President Mayer, with whom he had worked with at Harvard, to direct the Tufts Nutrition Institute and chair the Department of Nutrition.
When Tufts established the first graduate school of nutrition in the country, Gershoff served as acting dean of the school from its creation in May 1981 and was appointed to the full position in November 1981.Under Gershoff, the school created the Center for Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition Policy, and also the Food Policy Institute. He also worked with Mayer in bringing the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging to Tufts in 1982.In 1990, Gershoff published the award-winning book, The Tufts University Guide to Total Nutrition. He retired from Tufts in 1993.
Source: VF; TD, September 7, 1993