Wednesday, April 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Phyllis Ann Bramson

BramsonObit0130

Jan. 7, 1957 — Jan. 23, 2013

A champion of child nutrition was lost when Phyllis Ann Bramson passed away at her Davis home on Jan. 23, 2013, after nearly two years of battling against ovarian cancer.

Born Jan. 7, 1957, Phyllis’ two passions in life were her work and being a mom to daughter Rachel, now 17. Coming in a close third was politics, the lifeblood of parents George and Judy Bramson, who immersed the family in progressive causes and local Democratic politics after moving to the Sacramento area from New Jersey in 1959.

Phyllis grew up in Fair Oaks, attending local public schools and was a 1975 graduate of Del Campo High School, where her love of student government uncovered a talent for leadership and community involvement.

Early in her career, holding a degree in political science and health policy from the UC Berkeley and a master’s in public policy from Sacramento State University, Phyllis served with distinction in the Office of Legislative Analyst, the office of Willie L. Brown Jr., Speaker of the California State Assembly and the County Supervisors Association of California.

Phyllis retired in 2012 after more than three decades of dedicated service with the state of California where she applied her passion for improving the health and wellness of all Californians, but especially that of our state’s children. As director and assistant superintendent of public instruction for the Nutrition Services Division of the Department of Education for 10 years, Phyllis served with results-oriented leadership, directing 200 staff responsible for administering the state’s school nutrition programs.

Phyllis always looked for ways to serve more students and improve delivery systems. During her tenure the division created successful automated paperless systems ensuring that as many needy preschoolers and students as possible received healthy meals to help them succeed in school. She fought to integrate nutrition into many education programs and her division often partnered with other state agencies to further common goals.

Prior to joining the Dept. of Education, Phyllis held many positions in the state’s Department of Health Services but she most cherished her 12 years as Branch Chief of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program. She and her staff, working with counties, made huge improvements in delivering healthy food to California’s needy families and in linking the women they served to other essential state and county services. Always willing to share her expertise with anyone who asked, she lent wise counsel as President of the National WIC Association (NWA), Chair of the NWA Funding Committee, and Western Region representative to the NWA Board of Directors.

A staunch Democrat, Phyllis remained engaged in politics and policy until her last months of life, working to pass Proposition 37, which required foods containing GMOs to be labeled. She was a confirmed extrovert and avid reader who loved socializing with friends, cooking for family, debating with her book club and traveling the world.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and leaves behind daughter Rachel Bramson Paul; siblings Carolyn (Richard) and Peter (Robyn) Bramson; niece Jesse Bramson; aunt Nancy Rubin; cousins Faith Fuerst and Steve Messer; and more loving family members and friends. The family gives special thanks to Phyllis’ caregiver, Amy Cashdollar.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund; WIC; the George Bramson Memorial Scholarship at CSU Sacramento; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California chapter. A celebration of Phyllis’ life is planned; information will be provided in the near future.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
New mosaic mural reflects Peña family history

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Hay bales burn east of Davis

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Woman killed by train ID’d

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

Davis Arts Center: See ceramics, join the Big Day of Giving

By Erie Vitiello | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fire damages Woodland home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

Register to vote by May 19

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sign up for enviro organizations during Earth Week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Bible fun featured at Parents’ Night Out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Davis businesswoman presides over conference

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Birch Lane sells garden plants, veggies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Team Blend hosts fundraiser for Nicaragua project

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A3

Fundraiser benefits Oakley campaign

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Fire crews gather for joint training

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Odd Fellows host culinary benefit for nonprofit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
400 bikes go up for bids at UCD auction

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Sunder hosts campaign event for kids

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Church hosts discussion of mental health needs, services

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UCD to host premiere of autism documentary

By Cory Golden | From Page: A4

UFC hears from two local historians

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UCD professor to talk about new book

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Fly Fishers talk to focus on healthy streams, rivers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Train to become a weather spotter

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Learn survival skills at Cache Creek Preserve

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Veterans, internees may receive overdue diplomas

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

UC Davis conference showcases undergraduate research

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Conservation District celebrates its stewardship efforts

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Slow Food tour showcases area’s young farmers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
.

Forum

Even a safe house needs boundaries

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
I support Sunder for board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Will anyone notice?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
My votes reflect city values

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
A plea on the Bard’s birthday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

DHS thunders back to win an epic DVC volleyball match

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DHS/Franklin I goes to the Blue Devil softballers

By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Davis gets to Grant ace and rolls in DVC crucial

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Walchli is under par in another Devil victory

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Seniors send Blue Devil girls past Broncos in a lacrosse rout

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
Baseball roundup: Rangers rally to beat A’s in the ninth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Sharks go up 3-0 with OT win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

 
.

Arts

 
Five Three Oh! featured at April Performers’ Circle

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Celebrate spring at I-House on Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Music, wine flow at Fourth Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Biscuits ‘n Honey will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Catharine ‘Kay’ Lathrop

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6