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Former NPB Chairman Memorialized at New Food Allergy Center

Former National Peanut Board Chairman and Texas member Bob White, who passed away in October 2016, was honored last week at a recognition ceremony establishing the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Emory Food Allergy Center. The National Peanut Board made a donation to the Center in White’s memory.

“Like other peanut farmers, Bob White took great pride in growing a nutritious and wholesome food,” said NPB President and CEO Bob Parker. “That anyone could be harmed by eating the product he grew bothered him. During his tenure on the National Peanut Board, Bob embraced efforts to find ways to prevent, treat and find a cure for peanut allergy. He would have been excited to know that NPB played a role in bringing a food allergy research center to a prestigious institution like Emory University.”

Many NPB staff, former board members and Texas peanut leaders attended the event along with White’s wife Pat and daughter Mandi Gay. “I want to thank you for honoring my dad,” Gay wrote in a Facebook response. “I am so grateful to know that my parents were a part of such a wonderful group of people. Thank you for allowing us to be there! I am so glad I got to meet all of you and hear some of the stories from your times together! I know my mom will cherish them always.”

Speakers at the recognition ceremony included new Center Director Dr. Brian Vickery; Dr. Arlene Stecenko, Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sleep, Food Allergy Research Program at Emory; Dr. Jennifer Shih, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Emory University; Associate Chief of Allergy/Immunology; Medical Director of Pediatric Allergy Clinics; Assistant Director of Adult Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology Program; and Lucky Jain, MD, Richard W Blumberg Professor and Chair, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Executive Medical Director & Chief Academic Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The speakers expressed how fortunate they felt to bring someone of Dr. Vickery’s stature to open the food allergy research program. Dr. Vickery has worked on groundbreaking food allergy research at Duke University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has exceptional qualifications for patient-centered care and advancing research. Dr. Vickery acknowledged NPB’s contribution to the Center in memory of Bob White.