A special thank you to Dr. Gail Kauwell (MS, 1979; PhD, 1993; Professor) for her major contributions to this article.
After 34 years, Dr. Lynn B. Bailey officially retired from UF on June 30, 2011. The occasion was marked by a reception where current and former faculty
and students, family, and friends gathered to wish this amazing woman a fond farewell. Although in her case, not to a rocking chair, but to the position of Chair of the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia! Regardless of the shift in team colors, she will be remembered by many for her wonderful and numerous contributions.
Dr. Bailey’s career is one that can only be described as exceptional. Her research and scholarly activities earned her a worldwide reputation in the area of folate nutrition and brought distinction to
UF, and her interest in and commitment to teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students was outstanding. The accomplishments of the students whose lives she influenced are a tribute to the expert guidance she provided. Many of her former students attribute their success to having such a wonderful role model who provided them with a strong foundation in science, the passion to succeed, and the inspiration to “pay it forward.”
Over the course of 30 years, Dr. Bailey’s research program made important contributions to our understanding of folate metabolism and requirements throughout the life cycle. Her research data led to the revision of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for this vitamin, standards that are widely published and used in developing public health policies and programs. In more recent years, she pursued research endeavors representing emerging fields such as nutrigenetics and epigenetics.