Connecticut Grocers' Lobbyist Dies

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Grace Nome, president of the Connecticut Food Association here, died Monday at Hartford Hospital at the age of 69, according to a published report.

In recent years Nome, a onetime heavy smoker, suffered from emphysema, requiring her to use a portable oxygen tank.

Known for her dedication to the trade group; incisive, multifaceted knowledge of industry issues; and candid personality, she was highly respected by her colleagues, including Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who told the Hartford Courant that Nome was "one of the hardest-working lobbyists and association executives I have ever met. She never bragged about what she did. She just got it done."

A native of New York City, Nome rose from a messenger in the Connecticut state Senate to supervisor of the Senate Republican staff during the 1970s. In 1980 she left to join the Connecticut Food Association, which represents the interests of 1,200 food wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, and distributors.

Nome's survivors are her husband of 50 years, Harald, and three children. She was predeceased by a daughter, Janis Nome.
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