I knew and worked with Nevin S Scrimshaw for 48 years, during which time I learned a great deal from his life. Our relationship began when he served as advisor for my undergraduate thesis, cross-registered to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directed the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Nevin migrated to Cambridge after serving for 12 years as the Founding Director of the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP). The decision that changed my life and career came nine years later, when I chose to conclude my specialty training in gastroenterology and clinical nutrition with a year in Guatemala at INCAP, or “The House That Nevin Built.” That one year extended to 37 years and counting. In 1977, Nevin invited me to join his department as part of its fledgling International Nutrition Program, beginning a long- term commute between Guatemala and Massachusetts. In 1982, when Nevin stepped down after 20 years as Department Head at MIT, I dedicated myself to Guatemala. To project his inter- national interests, Nevin founded the International Nutrition Foundation (INF), and when the Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM) was established in 1985, the INF became indispensable as a safe, accountable channel for its research funding. In 1997, I was awarded the International Nutrition Prize of the International Union of Nutritional Science, sponsored by the INF, at the Assembly of the 16th International Congress on Nutrition in Montreal. Later, as Irwin Rosenberg and I sat in a café in Montreal, we realized that Nevin was to turn 80 the next year, prompting us to plan a Festschrift celebration for him. This was held on the MIT campus later in his 81st year and published as a journal supplement.
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