Guide to the Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers

Finding Aid Authors: Michael William Lapins.
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Guide to the Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers 1930/2003

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers
Dates: 1930-2003
Identification: MS-0157
Creator: Manor, Filomena R., 1926-
Physical Description: 11.25 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Filomena Manor was born Filomena R. Fusco, in Troy, New York, on July 6, 1926. She graduated from Lansingburg High School in 1944 and delivered the salutatorian address "Women in the Post-War World" to her classmates. Awarded a scholarship with full tuition to Russell Sage College, she received a B.S. in foods and nutrition in 1948, before moving on to Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Simmons College in Boston for a dietetic internship. In 1960, while serving as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF), she obtained her M.S. from the Ohio State University. Her master’s thesis became the basis for the Air Force’s diet supervisor job training standard and course at the Air University located at Maxwell Air Force Base.
On January 17, 1950, Filomena Fusco became the first woman commissioned directly into the newly created Air Force Women’s Medical Specialist Corps as a Second Lieutenant. She married Melvin Manor, of Oak Park, Illinois, in the chapel at Hamilton Air Force Base on September 3, 1955. The couple resided in San Rafael, California. As the first dietitian sworn in directly from civilian life, she rose in the ranks of the USAF to Lieutenant Colonel in 1967. In 1971, she was promoted to full Colonel, the grade at which she retired in 1983. In November 1962, Manor became not only the first female recipient of the McLester Award for dietetics but also the first U.S. dietitian to be presented with the honor.
During the Korean conflict, from 1951 through 1953, she served as the Food Service Officer and Dietitian at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Moving to Hamilton Air Force Base in California, where she remained until 1957, Manor was the Consultant Dietitian for Air Defense Command. While later assigned to March Air Force Base from 1960 until 1963, she was the Fifteenth Air Force Consultant Dietitian and Preceptor of the Dietetic Residency program. She then went to Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, before moving on to Scott Air Force Base in 1965.
At Scott Air Force Base as the Assistant for Dietetic Services, she was instrumental in the creation of the Cooked Therapeutic Inflight Meals System (CTIM), initiated in October of 1968 for use in aeromedical evacuations during the Vietnam era. She was transferred to Andrews Air Force Base in 1970. In 1972 her work at the on-base Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center led to the establishment of the Air Force Dietetic Internship, a program for which she served as director for twelve classes. Between 1972 and 1982, Manor served as the Associate Chief for Dietetics and Nutrition with the Biomedical Sciences Corps, and published numerous manuals and pamphlets on dietetics and food preparation.
Manor retired on October 31, 1983 after 33 years, 7 months, and 18 days of service in the United States Air Force. Currently a resident of Coronado, California, Manor continues to be involved in military associations and organizations. In her post-military career, Manor has been a member of the Military Order of the World Wars and serves as an officer in the San Diego Chapter of the Retired Officers Association. She became a founder of the Retired Air Force Dietitian’s Association (RAFDA), of which she also serves as a chief officer. She conducted considerable research for the 2001 publication, 50 Years of Air Force Dietetics 1949 – 1999 by the RAFDA.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Geographic Name:

United States. Air Force -- Medical personnel -- Biography
United States. Air Force -- Officers -- Biography
United States. Air Force. Biomedical and Dietary Corp. -- History -- Sources

Personal Name:

Manor, Filomena R., 1926- -- Archives


50 years of Air Force dietetics, 1949-1999

Topical Term:

Cookery, Military
Diet therapy
Dietetics -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Nutritionists -- United States -- Biography
Retired Air Force Dietitians Association -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information



Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection consists of three series. The first is the USAF Biomedical and Dietetics Files, the second is the Filomena Manor Files, and the third is Books. Each of the first two series are arranged in chronological order. The Books series contains annuals and biographical directories related to the public accomplishments and life of Manor. Although the papers were donated by Manor, the series arrangement places the USAF papers first, since Colonel Manor operated within the greater USAF.
Series I consists of materials of the USAF Biomedical Sciences Corps and Dietetics Section. It contains seven subseries that begins with the general Biomedical files which includes folders and military documents sorted in chronological order. Biomedical Jobs, follows and includes dietitian job descriptions, dietary responsibilities, and educational course and lessons plans. USAF-created diet plans and manuals follow, along with an extensive number of individual recipes. Two specific programs, which Colonel Manor took an active role in developing, the CTIM meal program and USAF Internship program for dietetics, are also documented by records in this series. The last subseries contains publications and consists of articles and magazines acquired by Colonel Manor.
Series II consists of papers directly related to Filomena Manor’s life as an active USAF officer, and her post-military activities. The few items concerning Colonel Manor’s pre-military career, Personal artifacts, is the first of eight subseries. The majority of the papers address the period 1950 though 1983, and Manor’s involvement with the USAF dietetics. Colonel Manor’s Records consist of her personnel file, correspondence, orders, and awards. Trip reports document hospital studies in which Colonel Manor participated. Scripts, written by Manor as event guides, laid out in conjunction with any visual aids, are arranged in their own subseries, while the final one contains photographs of Manor and others. Her post-military career is documented by materials in three subseries entitled, Materials, Activities, and History. Records relating to the publication of 50 Years of Air Force Dietetics 1949 – 1999 can be found in the History files.
Series III consists of additional books in such as annuals and biographical directories in which Manor is mentioned, along with one flat box of miscellaneous items. Three items of note in Manor papers are the two “journals” in the Post military Materials, and the Norton Air Force Base “notebook”. Each of these items was arranged by Manor and their order has been left intact. The journals were created by Manor in remembrance of her retirement, and her contributions to the USAF Dietetic Internship Program. The copied pages indicating the original journal layout are in the folder unit preceding the journal reconstructions. The reconstructed pages seek to mimic Manor’s original arrangement as to page layout. The Norton notebook has also been left untouched and put in a folder in its original condition as obtained from the donor.

Scope and Contents

The Colonel Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers consist of nine boxes. The collection’s content focuses in part on the evolution of the United States Air Force (USAF), Biomedical and Dietary Science Corp food and diet programs developed from 1947 through 1983, and the related activities of Filomena Manor, who as an active-duty air force officer from 1950 until 1983, played a chief role in USAF dietetics. Manor, who retired from the USAF in 1983, began her military career in 1950. The USAF Biomedical and Dietetics Files from 1947 through 1983 reflect the development of the USAF food programs, while the Filomena Manor Files address the individual military career of Filomena Manor and her contributions to the USAF dietetics programs. While the collection contains general documents of the Biomedical Sciences Corps, two programs, the Cooked Therapeutic In-Flight Meals (CTIM) program implemented in 1968, and the establishment of the USAF Dietetic Internship program beginning in 1972, were ones with which Colonel Manor was involved.
Subsequent to the establishment of the USAF in 1947, its Medical Service came into being in 1949. In this service dietitians were commissioned in the Women’s Medical Specialist Corps (WMSC) which in 1955 became the Medical Specialist Corps (MSpC) when males entered. In 1965, it was incorporated in the newly established Biomedical Sciences Corps (BSC) which addressed the specific nutritional needs of air force diets and meal planning. The Biomedical and Dietetics Corp Series consists of records, documents, correspondence, orders, reports, photos, and manuals that document the history of the USAF food programs. A result of the USAF Biomedical and Dietetics food programs was the formulation and publication of military-designed diet plans. The series also includes an extensive number of individual recipes formalized by the USAF during the development of its meal plans, materials documenting the Cooked Therapeutic In-Flight meal program CTIM, introduced in 1968, along with the USAF Dietetic Internship, created in 1972. In addition Colonel Manor acquired a number of magazines and articles, grouped in the Biomedical and Dietetics files as Publications. These items are relevant to dietary studies, and are from different agencies, such as government, military and private groups.
Colonel Manor generated her own internal history separate, but related to the evolution of the USAF food, education, and internship programs. The Filomena Manor Papers series allows for a more detailed picture of her military career from 1950 to 1983, and her post-military activities after her 1983 retirement through 2002. The collection begins with some Personal Artifacts from Manor’s pre-military life, but the bulk of the Filomena Manor Papers deal with her military career. These items consist of military records, orders, correspondence, awards, trip reports, scripts and photographs from 1930 through 1983. There are also records documenting her retirement, her work on USAF dietetics history, and her continued association with specific military organizations. Books in the collection mention Colonel Manor’s life accomplishments and personal history.
The collection also documents one of Colonel Manor’s most active post-military projects including her work in the research, documentation and eventual 2001 publication of 50 Years of Air Force Dietetics 1949 – 1999 by the Retired Air Force Dietitians Association (RAFDA). As an active member of RAFDA Colonel Manor created numerous notes and research papers during her work on the project. Resulting in both the book history and a videotape, Celebrating 50 Years of Air Force Dietetics, these two projects appear to have been much of the focus of Colonel Manor’s post-retirement.

Detailed List of Contents


United States Air Force Biomedical and Dietetics 1947-2000



Box 1, Folder 1

General File 1952-1982

Box 1, Folder 2

Procedures 1957-1983

Box 1, Folder 3

Personnel 1965-1981

Box 1, Folder 4

Special Orders 1950-1978

Box 1, Folder 5

General Orders, Office and Letter 1952-1979

Box 1, Folder 6

USAF Register 1963

Box 1, Folder 7

AFMSM-3 Files 1964-1965

Box 1, Folder 8

Food Service Reports 1964-1965

Box 1, Folder 9

Scott, USAF, Hospital Activities 1965-1966

Box 1, Folder 10

Food Service Management Manual 1966

Box 1, Folder 11

Status Report and Five Year Plan 1966

Box 1, Folder 12

Selection and Standardization of Food Service

Box 1, Folder 13

Medical Food Division, booklet 1971

Box 1, Folder 14

Food Service Design

Box 1, Folder 15

Defense Committee on Women in the Services, (DACOWITS) 1973-1978

Box 1, Folder 16

SGF Operating Instructions 1979-1982

Box 1, Folder 17

Contingency Medical Food Service 1981

Box 1, Folder 18

Food Service Supplement 1982

Box 1, Folder 19

Medical/Dental Care 1985

Box 1, Folder 20

Photos, dietary, equipment, etc.

Box 1, Folder 21

Hospital Studies 1959-1982

Box 1, Folder 22

Little Rissington, U.K. 1982

Box 1, Folder 23

Management Forms

Box 1, Folder 24

Blank Forms



Box 2, Folder 1

Job Descriptions 1963-1982

Box 2, Folder 2

Residency Program 1947-1965

Box 2, Folder 3

USAF Hospital Training Guide

Box 2, Folder 4

Lesson Plans for USAF Diet Supervisor 1961

Box 2, Folder 5

Supervisor Course 1962

Box 2, Folder 6

Courses and Symposiums 1964-1974

Box 2, Folder 7

Dietitian Rosters 1963-2000

Box 2, Folder 8

Code Keys for Management Assessment



Box 2, Folder 9

Diet Manual 1967

Box 2, Folder 10

Workshop Manual 1968

Box 2, Folder 11

Diet Guides 1965-1982

Box 2, Folder 12

Diet Guides 1974-1987

Box 2, Folder 13

Diet Guides 1987-1991

Box 2, Folder 14

Diet Manual, folder 1 of 4 1979

Box 2, Folder 15

Diet Manual, folder 2 of 4 1979

Box 2, Folder 16

Diet Manual, folder 3 of 4 1979

Box 2, Folder 17

Diet Manual, folder 4 of 4 1979

Box 2, Folder 18

Diet Manual, changes 1984

Box 2, Folder 19

Diabetics Diet, manual 1991



Box 3, Folder 1

Philippine Scouts Recipes 1947

Box 3, Folder 2

Army-Air Force Recipes 1950

Box 3, Folder 3

Recipes, folder 1 of 7

Box 3, Folder 4

Recipes, folder 2 of 7

Box 3, Folder 5

Recipes, folder 3 of 7

Box 3, Folder 6

Recipes, folder 4 of 7

Box 3, Folder 7

Recipes, folder 5 of 7

Box 3, Folder 8

Recipes, folder 6 of 7

Box 3, Folder 9

Recipes, folder 7 of 7


Cooked Therapeutic In-Flight Meals Program (CTIM)

Box 3, Folder 10

Program File 1970-1971

Box 3, Folder 11

Correspondence 1968-1975

Box 3, Folder 12

Manual 1971

Box 3, Folder 13


Box 3, Folder 14


Box 3, Folder 15



USAF Internship 1971-1992

Box 3, Folder 16

Program File 1971-1992

Box 3, Folder 17

Instruction Plan 1972-1973

Box 3, Folder 18

Instruction Plan 1978

Box 3, Folder 19


Box 3, Folder 20

Self-study report


Publications 1967-1996

Box 4, Folder 1

Articles 1952-1996

Box 4, Folder 2

Military 1962-1978

Box 4, Folder 3

USAF Event Programs 1967-1981

Box 4, Folder 4

Department of Health 1971-1981

Box 4, Folder 5

National Academy of Science 1976-1983

Box 4, Folder 6

American Dietetic Association 1977-1993

Box 4, Folder 7

Miscellaneous 1970-1991


Filomena Manor Papers 1930-2003


Personal Artifacts 1930-1950

Box 4, Folder 8

Pre-College, clippings and report cards 1930-1944

Box 4, Folder 9

College: clippings and transcripts 1944-1948

Box 4, Folder 10

Photos 1930-1950


Records, United States Air Force 1950-1983

Box 4, Folder 11

Biography 1950-1983

Box 4, Folder 12

Military Records 1950-1983

Box 4, Folder 13

Correspondence from Manor 1958-1983

Box 4, Folder 14

Correspondence to Manor 1950-1983

Box 4, Folder 15

Documents mentioning F. Manor 1950-1980

Box 4, Folder 16

Temporary Duty and Travel Orders 1955-1982

Box 4, Folder 17

Travel Vouchers 1961-1981

Box 4, Folder 18

Travel Voucher and Miscellaneous Receipts 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 19

Awards File 1952-2003

Box 4, Folder 20

Ohio State University OSU, files 1959-1960

Box 4, Folder 21

Ohio State University OSU, Graduate Thesis 1960

Box 5, Folder 1

McLester Award, correspondence 1962

Box 5, Folder 2

McLester Award, programs, clippings 1962

Box 5, Folder 3

Activities Summary 1963-1965

Box 5, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings, Manor 1950-1959

Box 5, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings, Manor 1960-1973

Box 5, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous


Trip Reports 1958-1980

Box 5, Folder 7

Europe 1958-1959

Box 5, Folder 8

Pacific 1970

Box 5, Folder 9

Hanover 1973

Box 5, Folder 10

USAF bases 1976-1977

Box 5, Folder 11

China 1980

Box 5, Folder 12

China, 1 slide carousel, 130+ slides, 1980 (stored in box 8)


Scripts 1974-1999

Box 5, Folder 13

Dietetics Anniversaries 1974-1999

Box 5, Folder 14

USAF Events 1974-1986

Box 5, Folder 15



Photos 1950-1983

Box 5, Folder 16

Induction and Head Shots 1950s

Box 5, Folder 17

Informal Shots

Box 5, Folder 18

Formal Shots

Box 5, Folder 19

Photographic Negatives


Post-military materials 1983-2002

Box 5, Folder 20

Accomplishments 1983-2002

Box 5, Folder 21

Retirement Ceremony, documents, photos, cards 1983

Box 5, Folder 22

Retirement Ceremony, guest book 1983

Box 5, Folder 23

Correspondence 1983-2002

Box 5, Folder 24

Cards and Invitations 1983-2002

Box 5, Folder 25

Photos, personal, F. Manor 1955-2003

Box 5, Folder 26

Journal #1, page copies, retirement ceremony 1983

Box 5, Folder 27

Journal #1, page items, retirement ceremony 1983

Box 5, Folder 28

Journal #2, page copies, USAF dietary internship 1972-1983

Box 5, Folder 29

Journal #2, USAF dietary internship 1972-1983


Post-military activities 1983-2002

Box 6, Folder 1

The Retired Officers Association (TROA), organization 1992-2003

Box 6, Folder 2

The Retired Officers Association (TROA), newsletters 1997-2003

Box 6, Folder 3

The Retires Officers Association (TROA) documents 1992-1998

Box 6, Folder 4

Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), by-laws 1999-2002

Box 6, Folder 5

Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), documents 1999-2003

Box 6, Folder 6

The Retired Air Force Dietician's Association (RAFDA) 1987-1991

Box 6, Folder 7

The Retired Air Force Dietician's Association (RAFDA) 1993-2003

Box 6, Folder 8

"A Women's War Too" 1995

Box 6, Folder 9

National Archives

Box 6, Folder 10

Internship Graduations 1957-1998

Box 6, Folder 11

USAF event programs 1973-2000

Box 6, Folder 12


Box 6, Folder 13

History Papers

Box 6, Folder 14

History Drafts and Notes

Box 6, Folder 15

History Research 1950-1964

Box 6, Folder 16

Women in USAF

Box 6, Folder 17

Clark AFB, Manila 1987

Box 6, Folder 18

Norton Air Force Base, notebook

Box 6, Folder 19

Oral History, transcripts and procedures 1988-1991

Box 6, Folder 20

"50 Years of Air Force Dietetics 1949-1999" 2001

Box 6, Folder 21

"Celebrating 50 Years of Air Force Dietetics", video 1999


Books 1943-1997



Box 7, Folder 5

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities 1946-1947

Box 7, Folder 6

Book of Honor, American Biographical Institute 1981

Box 7, Folder 7

The International Register of Profiles 1981

Box 7, Folder 8

The International Who's Who of Intellectuals 1981


Biographical Directories

Box 8, Folder 1

Men and Women of Distinction 1981

Box 8, Folder 2

Notable Americans 1981

Box 8, Folder 3

Personalities of America 1981

Box 8, Folder 4

Two Thousand Notable Americans 1983

Box 8, Folder 5

Retired USAF Association Members 1993

Box 8, Folder 6

The Military Order of World Wars 1995

Box 8, Folder 7

International Biographical Association Directory 1996-1997

Box 8, Folder 8

Slide Carousel, (listed as item 5-6, in F. Manor papers, Trip reports)


Items-Awards, oversized, albums. etc...

Box 9

13 oversize newspaper clippings 1967-1999

Box 9

2 issues "US Medicine", oversize, 19168, 1973

Box 9

"Woman of the Year," oversize award 1994

Box 9

3 USAF military patches

Box 9

3 miniature Special Orders, laminated 1962, 1963, and 1964

Box 9

2 Filomena Manor Badges

Box 9

1 ID card, Filomena Manor, University of Philippines

Box 9

69th Annual Meeting, Military Surgeons, rolled photo 1962

Box 9

1 USAF plaque (in its own box in box 8) Dieticians 1974

Box 9

2 newspaper clipping, MErcury astronauts in San Diego 1986

Box 9

1 Program card signed by 5 Mercury astronauts 1986

Box 9

4 ribbons

Box 9

1 napkin

Box 9

1 Photo album, empty

Box 9

1 USAF presentation folder, empty