Efforts of Gordon Douglas MD ’55 and Sheila Mahoney S’55 were spotlighted in a recent Giving profile from the Office of Development. From the piece:
As a retired physician and professor of medicine, Gordon Douglas ’55 has long known about the links between diet and catastrophic illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. His own bout with high cholesterol prompted him to stop eating meat, which solved the problem and made him think more deeply about food and health. And then he audited an ethics course with his wife, Sheila Mahoney, which graphically illuminated the treatment of animals in large industrial farms. “It turned my world around,” said Mahoney.
Global issues around food production—from CO2 emissions to loss of biodiversity—became a deep interest for Gordon and Sheila. They discovered that there were some Princeton researchers studying aspects of food who didn’t know about each other’s research.
The couple became a driving force behind the creation of Princeton Studies Food, a coalition of faculty, researchers, students, alumni, staff, and community members tackling the challenge of feeding the world’s people while preserving the Earth and its resources.