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Abby Marlatt, Central Kentucky civil rights activist and former University of Kentucky professor in nutrition and food science, died today at 93. Marlatt came to Lexington in 1956 to be a nutrition professor at UK. She supported UK students who were active in the Congress of Racial Equality and led protests to end segregation in local restaurants and theaters. She also supported programs for social justice for the poor and elderly. As the war in Vietnam intensified, she became involved with pacifist efforts. Her local activism led to her demotion from head of the UK home economics department and her tenure was threatened. Though Marlatt retired from UK in 1985, she continued to teach and be active in the community. Finally, she was honored for her humanitarian deeds in 1985 by the National Conference for Community and Justice, and she became the recipient of the highest honor at UK: the Sullivan Medallion, for her service to the community. She was inducted to the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in July 2001. To see more about Abby Marlatt and watch the video clip of her interview about the civil rights era in Kentucky, see the KET website "Living the Story" (http://www.ket.org/civilrights/bio_marlatt.htm). -- Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D. University of Kentucky H-Kentucky List Editor email@example.com http://www.h-net.org/~kentucky/