Winnifred C. Jardine, former Deseret News food editor, has been named Ricks College's 1991 Distinguished Home Economist.

The Salt Lake woman, who retired in 1984 after 36 years with the newspaper, was on campus to participate in the annual Women's Week activities and spoke Friday at the closing session of a Home Economics Conference.A food and nutrition technical journalism graduate of Iowa State University, Jardine has authored several cookbooks, including "Mormon Country Cooking," "Famous Mormon Recipes" and "The No-Gimmick Diet."

She is a former president of the Utah Home Economics Association, she founded LDS Lambda Delta Sigma Sorority and was president in 1971 of the Utah State Nutrition Council.

Jardine was employed beginning in 1941 as a home economist for Martha Logan Test Kitchen and the American Meat Institute in Chicago. She was director of home economics for KMBC Radio in Kansas City, Mo., where she wrote and narrated two food shows a day. After a year of teaching food and nutrition at the University of Utah, she became food editor for the Deseret News in 1948.

A descendant of LDS Church President Brigham Young, Jardine served twice as a member of the church's Young Women's General Board, has been a member of the Adult Correlation Committee and the editorial board of the Children's Friend magazine and sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.