Nan Berger, who edited various HCIMA journals from 1959 to 1984, has died aged 84.
She edited the IMA Journal prior to the organisation's merger with the HCI, and continued with the HCIMA Journal which was renamed Hospitality in 1971. During her tenure at the HCIMA, she also edited the National Association of School Meals Organisers' Handbook between 1965 and 1968, and wrote a book on school meals titled Eating to Learn.
A staunch communist, Berger was appointed OBE in 1948 for the part she played in helping the Government track down "lost" coal supplies during the frozen winter of 1947, when she was a lowly civil servant in the statistics department of the Ministry of Fuel and Power.
According to one of her two daughters, Vicki, she was originally offered an MBE but was encouraged by her boss to hold out for the more prestigious honour.