Beth Gaydos, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Educator for Ohio State University Extension in Noble and Monroe counties has announced her retirement effective Aug. 31.
During her 39-year career, she taught classes, conducted radio and television interviews, authored newspaper articles and newsletters, answered consumer questions, and provided printed materials to countless individuals and families. During the 1990s, she was instrumental in starting one of Extension's first court-mandated programs for divorcing parents along with Shelly Schwieterman, and she was one of three Extension educators in Ohio to begin teaching the "Dining with Diabetes" program.
Gaydos has presented programs on food safety, food preservation, consumer nutrition, parenting, money management, and Universal Design (a program promoting home environmental adaptations for limited mobility residents), among others.
She is a certified instructor for the nationally known ServSafe food safety program for food service managers and employees. In the past two years, she has re-instated the once popular "Venison: From Field to Table" workshops that stress food safety for deer hunters.
She began her Extension career on Sept. 16, 1972, in Noble County after graduating from The Ohio State University where she also earned a master's degree. She began a split appointment in Monroe County in July, 1989. Certified in Family & Consumer Sciences through AAFCS, she has obtained professional development credits to maintain that certification.
She is married to Ray Gaydos. They are parents of a son, Grant (Stacey) Gaydos of Caldwell and a daughter, Lydia Gaydos, of Charleston, S.C.