NEHA December 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

December 2022 • Journal of Environmental Health 59 He was the recipient of the Sedgwick Medal in 1987, the highest award given by the American Public Health Association. He was also awarded the Walter F. Snyder Award in 1978 from NEHA and NSF, the Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award, and many other state and national awards. Gordon was a dedicated public health and environmental health professional who made an incredible impact on the professional. He developed, testified, and gained enactment of numerous state and local environmental health measures. He testified before congressional committees regarding several major environmental health issues, including the Clean Water Act, national energy policy, matters of national health policy, and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He published over 240 articles in all areas of environmental health, environmental protection, and public health. In 2020, Gordon published his memoir, Environmental Health and Protection Adventures: A Memoir, that chronicles his career as a nationally recognized figure in matters of public health and environmental health and protection. Source: Excerpts from the profile of Larry J. Gordon written by Dr. Herman Koren for the NEHA History Project Task Force and reviewed by Bruce Etchison and Gary Gordon; Larry J. Gordon obituary, Santa Fe New Mexican, santafenewmexican/name/larry-gordon-obituary?id=34650335 Mila Mangold Mila Mangold passed away in July 2022 at the age of 114. She held the title of California’s oldest person, was the second oldest person in the U.S., and was the seventh oldest person in the world. She was the wife of Walter S. Mangold (1896–1978), who played a key role in the development of the environmental health profession. Walter Mangold dedicated his life to the practice of environmental health in an exemplary manner and was a beacon of excellence and inspiration for environmental health professionals. In 1955, NEHA created the Walter S. Mangold Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member for outstanding contributions to the profession. Mila Mangold was born in Nebraska on November 14, 1907. She was the second youngest of four siblings in a family whose parents had recently immigrated from Prague. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, in the 1920s and soon after settled in Berkeley. It was there she met her future husband, Walter Mangold. The two met while she worked as a secretary in a health department. Mila Mangold worked as his secretary for many years until transitioning into a homemaker with the birth of her only child, Donald, in 1945. Over her 114 years, Mila Mangold lived through two world wars, two pandemics that were over one century apart (the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic), and numerous technological advancements. According to Donald Mangold, the greatest elixir of youth appeared to be her e¦ervescent mind and unyielding sense of curiosity. “She was always inquisitive,” Donald Mangold said. “It’s a lesson that others can take as they strive to match her impressive longevity.” Source: The Mercury News, 07/13/she-saw-so-much-californias-oldest-person-longtimeberkeley-resident-dies-at-114/; Los Angeles Times, Brian Nummer Dr. Brian Nummer passed away in September 2022. He was a highly respected subject matter expert in food microbiology relevant to almost all food commodities, with a focus on retail and food service food safety and small business food safety. His specialties included food microbiology, retail food safety, manufacturing food safety, reduced oxygen packaging at retail, hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), sanitation, food preservation, and food entrepreneurship. Dr. Nummer was an extension food safety specialist and professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences at Utah State University. He received his doctorate of philosophy from Clemson University and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, University of Georgia, and Tennessee Tech University, along with the creation of a private food safety consulting business. Dr. Nummer was active in several organizations including the Conference for Food Protection, International Association for Food Protection, Institute for Food Technologists, Association of Food and Drug Oªcials, and NEHA. He authored over 100 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, fact sheets, and newsletter articles. His last article published in the Journal of Environmental Health was in the September 2022 issue, “Survival of Listeria monocytogenes in Commercially Available Refrigerated Cold-Brewed Co¦ee.” News of his passing was shared on LinkedIn and as one comment stated, “With the passing of Dr. Brian Nummer, the global food safety community has lost a leader, teacher, mentor, and friend. He made a tremendous impact on so many people and organizations.” Source: The Food Safety Guru,; LinkedIn, Editor’s Note: If you would like to share information about the passing of an environmental health professional to be mentioned in a future In Memoriam, please contact Kristen Ruby-Cisneros at The Journal will publish the In Memoriam section twice a year in the June and December issues, or in other issues as determined appropriate. IN MEMORIAM