Betty Bohon Alford earned three degrees at Texas Woman’s University: her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1954; her Master of Arts in Nutrition in 1956; and Ph.D. in Nutrition in 1965.
During her doctoral research, which was sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), she studied optimum diet to maintain bone density in space. Her post-doctoral work included continuing to supervise all the diets during the years that NASA research was conducted by TWU.
Dr. Alford taught at TWU for 40 years, serving as Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences; Dean of the College of Nutrition, Textiles and Human Development; and Director of the Didactic Program. In 1997, the University honored Dr. Alford with the Cornaro Award for distinguished teaching and outstanding commitment to scholarship and the advancement of learning. Upon retirement, she was awarded Cornaro Professor Emerita.
While instructing TWU students, Dr. Alford was awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Commission on Natural Fibers and Food Protein to research of the use of cottonseed protein for human consumption.
The Secretary of Agriculture under President George H. W. Bush appointed Dr. Alford to the Cotton Board. She served six terms and was the first woman to serve on that Board, which administers the money assessed on every bale of cotton harvested domestically and cotton imported.
She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association, North Texas Dietetic Association, American Society for Nutrition, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, Phi Upsilon Omicron (Honor Society of Home Economics), Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society), and Sigma Xi (National Honor Society of Science). She is a Life Member of the TWU Former Students Association and has served on the TWU Presidents Council.
Dr. Alford is a Charter Member of the Denton Benefit League, which raises money to support charities in Denton, and has served as on several of their committees and as their secretary. While serving as President of the Denton County Historical Commission, she supervised the restoration of the historic Bayless-Selby House and organized the grant application for the $5-million renovation of the Courthouse-on-the-Square in Denton. She has also served on the Historic Parks Foundation of Denton and the Greater Denton Arts Council, and as a St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Elder.
She has been married for 55 years to Joe Alford, a retired florist and former Denton City Councilman. Together, they were recipients of the TWU Founders Day Award in 2009. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.
page last updated 12/18/2014 4:11 PM