H.L. "Sam" Queen dies at 81

The American College of Nutrition recently lost an esteemed member, researcher, and health educator. H.L. "Sam" Queen, MA, MT (ASCP), CCN, CNS, DSc (Hon.) died April 23, 2019. He was 81.

Sam was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma, in 1937. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry at Memphis State University in 1964. He went on to receive his Master of Arts Degree in Health Care Education from Central Michigan University and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree in 1989 from The Open International University of Complementary Medicine, Sanctioned by The World Health Organization (WHO), for his research on the relationship of heart disease to cholesterol and mercury. He became a Certified Nutrition Specialist in 1994 and Certified Clinical Nutritionist in 1995.

In 1980, he founded The Institute For Health Realities, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO and served as the Board Chairman and Director of Research and Development. He later created the Designed2Win® health model, empowering clients to take control of their health. In addition, he played an important role in raising awareness about chronic mercury toxicity, particularly for the dental profession.

In 1999, he was named by Dr. James Gordon, chairman of the White House Commission on Alternative Medicine, to a 10-member panel of nutrition experts to develop a curricula for reintroducing nutrition into medical school curriculum. In addition, Queen authored six books and was a well-known lecturer, presenting his research at numerous conferences and seminars.

Sam is survived by his wife, Betty, two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandsons.