Louise Rosenfeld


"Certainly, few women have had the influence on the state that Louise Rosenfeld has had. As State Leader of Home Economics Extension, she lead an education program that went to every county of the state and was available to every family."
— Margaret K. Yoder, 1979

Louise Rosenfeld, as state home economics director of Iowa State University's Cooperative Extension Service for over 30 years, extended her program to every county in the state. Rosenfeld expanded the orientation of the extension program to include education in global awareness and the arts, as well as programs in nutrition, home management, and child care. The United States Department of Agriculture recognized Rosenfeld's innovative leadership of Iowa's home economics extension program by awarding her the USDA Superior Service Award. Following her retirement in 1972, Professor Emeritus Rosenfeld worked as a professional volunteer in Iowa State University's International Resource Center and served on the Iowa Commission for the Aging. She was born in Kelly, Iowa in 1906. Rosenfeld was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1979.