Martha Lute Troutt


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1961)
B.A., 1918; M.A., 1928


Martha Lute Troutt has the distinction of being the first Indiana student to enter a training course for student dietitians. Throughout her career, she held many offices in both the Indiana Dietetic Association and American Dietetic Association. Troutt was a Charter member of the Indiana Dietetic Association and the Indiana State Nutrition Council. During her Dietetics Department Directorship for the Indiana University Hospitals which spanned 41 years, one of the first approved dietetic internships in the United States was established and a graduate program for dietetic interns was initiated. Troutt was also instrumental in getting the Indiana State Board of Health to add a state nutritionist to its staff. In 1925, Lute Troutt was elected President of the Indiana Dietetic Association. She became the first recipient of the Outstanding Dietitian Award for Indiana which was awarded by the Indiana Power and Light Company in 1969. During Lute's year as the 13th President of the American Dietetic Association (1936-37), the House of Delegates was formed. In 1963, Troutt was the recipient of the ADA's highest award, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. She donated the award's $1000 honorarium to start the IDA Fellowship Award established in her name. Troutt also served as a director of the Indiana Restaurant Association for 10 years and was honored by IU with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1961.