Harriet J. Wright, 85, professor emeritus of Home Economics, died May 10 in Madonna Manor Nursing Home in North Attleboro.
She joined the Division of Home Economics in 1957 as professor of nutrition and food and served on the faculty until her retirement in 1984.
She received her bachelor''s degree in dietetics in 1940 from Framingham State College and went to complete a professional internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Later, she earned a master''s degree in nutrition from the University of Illinois and a master''s of public health from Columbia University.
She was active in the American Dietetic Association, serving as president of its Massachusetts chapter in 1965 and 1966. She was also a member of the American Public Health Association and the American Home Economics Association, for which she held several posts in Massachusetts and in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the Western Massachusetts Health Planning Council and a board member of the Hampshire Count Visiting Nurse Association and Home Care Services. She was also an active member of the Five College Learning in Retirement program.
In 1967, she received a distinguished alumna award from Framingham State College.
She leaves three nephews and two nieces.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Brigid''s Church, 122 North Pleasant St., Amherst 01002.