Anne Coble Voss
Departed January 26, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida
Anne Coble Voss of Palm Bay, Florida passed away on January 26, 2023 with her family by her side, reading notes and holding the phone for loved ones around the world as she closed her eyes to be with the Lord. She was born to J. Richard and Helen Hoyt Coble of Richmond, Indiana who preceded her, as well as her younger brother Charles “Chuck” Hoyt Coble.
Anne is survived by her husband Harold “Dobi” Lloyd Voss and children Daniel (wife Heather), Sarah Wagner (husband Jeff) and their children Drew and Claire, and Jordan (wife Amy) and their children Henry and Lila; and her sister Becky Coble.
Anne, besides being loved by family, friends and colleagues, was an extremely accomplished woman. She graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968 in Medical Dietetics and immediately got a job at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After returning to Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, she married Harold and joined him as a deployed Army Officer. They had three children and after a time she returned to the classroom to further her studies at OSU, earning a Master’s degree and PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry simultaneously. She became a Professor at Otterbein University, as well as Ohio State and helped the Wellington School grow while continuing to raise her sons and daughter. She worked for a research lab in The OSU College of Medicine where her hard work led to her listing in “Who’s Who in the World” for her discovery of the “de novo” biosynthetic pathway of the Omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid, important in the development of the brain and retina in newborn babies.
She then worked in membership services of the YWCA of Columbus. Her expertise, research acumen and leadership helped secure a position with Abbott Labs. Anne’s passion led her to be able to share her talents for team building, research, product development and health care with people across the world. She worked in Norway, Singapore, India, Australia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand, Russia, Canada and Spain.
Anne is widely recognized for her expertise in nutrition and oncology having over 75 publications and book chapters and 16 patents throughout her career supporting wound healing, nutrition and oncology nutrition, and long-term care. She was influential in the formulation, development and clinical studies to support ProSure, an oncology specific nutritional supplement. She was also instrumental in providing the clinical data to support Abbott’s largest brand, Ensure, as well as wound healing brand, Juven. Recognizing her tremendous contributions, Abbott Labs elected Dr. Voss to the Volwiler Society, their pinnacle organization for research scientists. Additionally, Anne received two President’s awards during her tenure with Abbott Labs.
After “retiring” Anne continued consulting for Abbott Labs and accepted positions as Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton and as part of the advisory commission at Kaiser University in Melbourne, Florida. She was the editor of “Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice”, second edition, for the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She served as an Elder and voluntary Deacon at Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne, Florida.
Memorial arrangements are being planned for the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne, Florida on February 25, 2023 at 1 pm. On March 18, 2023, a memorial service will be held at North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in her name to your favorite charity or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or William Childs Hospice House.