100 Women Wall of Honor
About100 Women Wall of Honor

Phyllis M. Northway

Phyllis M. Northway (1926-2015) (BS 1948 Home Economics Education) enjoyed an accomplished career as a UW Extension Home Economist with assignments in Marinette and Fond du Lac counties before moving to Kenosha County. She taught high school home economics five years prior to starting in Extension. During her 25 years as the Kenosha County Extension Home Economist, Phyllis conducted educational programs on topics ranging from family relationships, nutrition, food safety and preservation to consumer education and financial management. She also worked with the 4-H Youth Program, training family living project leaders. In 1974, Phyllis served as president of the National Association of Extension Home Economists, only the second time in the association’s history someone from Wisconsin served in this capacity. Following her presidency she was chair of the association’s first Public Policy Committee. Well known for her work in developing leadership within the Extension homemaker organization, in 1987 she was honored as one of Human Ecology’s distinguished alumni. Having worked in the public arena her entire career, Phyllis became acutely aware of the need for accurate, nonpartisan, research-based information for policy-makers. Her gift supports the school’s public policy research and outreach activities on behalf of children and families.