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Elizabeth Broadston; Nutritionist, Lecturer

Elizabeth Broadston, a nutritionist who was named Los Angeles County Woman of the Year in 1982, has died at the age of 87.

Mrs. Broadston, who lived and worked in Southern California for 55 years, died Aug. 9 in Santa Cruz, where she had moved in 1991.

A native of Cincinnati, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition at the University of Cincinnati and moved to Los Angeles in 1936 with her husband James. An aerospace expert in liquid-fuel rockets, he died in December.

Mrs. Broadston, who lectured, taught and had a radio show about nutrition, was particularly concerned about proper nutrition for the elderly and schoolchildren.

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“If we want to produce good athletes, we set up a training table and feed them the best,” she told The Times in 1971, “and we have to do the same thing to help students make the most of their intellectual capabilities.”

In addition to her countywide honor in 1982, Mrs. Broadston was named a “merit mother” of California in 1971. She was active in the American Academy of Applied Nutrition, Rotary, Kiwanis and the League of Women Voters.

She is survived by a son, Donald, of Prescott, Ariz.; two daughters, Sue Broadston of Santa Cruz and LoAnne Zetooney of Quartz Hill, Calif.; a brother, Edward Herrnstein of Berkeley, and five grandsons.

The family has asked that any memorial contributions be made to the James and Elizabeth Broadston Scholarship, Cabrillo College Foundation, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, Calif. 95003.

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