BETSY BAIRD

NEWS OF INDUSTRY
National Starch sponsors second annual food development contest

National Starch and Chemical Company, Bridgewater, N.J., is again sponsoring a competition to develop the most creative application or innovation for Novation® starches. The competition is open to students of food technology in North America, and the winner will receive a free trip to IFT’s convention in Dallas, Tex., June 10–14, 2000.

Novation native starches, developed and manufactured by the National Starch and Chemical Company, offers the same functional benefits as modified food starches without having received the same processing modifications. Thus, the food label reads “native starch” rather than “food starch—modified.” Novation native starches are also known for their ability to intensify flavor perception in some food systems.

Deadline for contest entries is April 28, 2000. To enter the competition, interested students may download instructions on the Internet at www.novationstarches.com or contact National Starch and Chemical Company, Attn: Novation Contest, 10 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (call 908-685-5210; fax 908-685-5355; E-mail: [email protected]).

Ajinomoto to construct new technology/engineering center in Iowa
Ajinomoto U.S.A., Paramus, N.J., has begun construction on a new technical development center near its manufacturing facilities in Eddyville, Iowa. The center, to be known as the Technology and Engineering Center of the United States (TECUS), will primarily focus on conducting research and feasibility studies for seasoning and new product development. The $2 million facility is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2000.

The 8,000-sq-ft building will employ approximately ten technicians from the Ajinomoto group’s two local manufacturing plants. In addition to new product development, the research facility will support the company’s monosodium glutamate and lysine manufacturing plants through the development and transfer of new technologies and process improvements.

Government News:
At the Food and Drug Administration, Washington, D.C., the Office of Food Labeling and the Office of Special Nutritionals have been merged into one office, the Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements. Dr. Christine Lewis was named Acting Director.

This new structure was developed to improve the way FDA performs related functions, such as health claims and overlapping labeling issues. Additionally, it is designed to enhance FDA’s science-based approach to addressing dietary supplement and food labeling issues. All functions of the prior offices will be maintained under this merger.

Lewis has been with FDA since 1986, most recently as Deputy Director of the Office of Special Nutritionals. In 1995, she spent a year in Rome working with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization to implement a special project involving international harmonization of food labeling and food composition databases. Prior to joining FDA, she was an assistant professor at The Pennsylvania State University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in nutrition. She earned her B.S. in food microbiology from the University of Connecticut, and both her M.S. in biochemistry and Ph.D. in nutrition and statistics from The Pennsylvania State University.

NEWS OF PEOPLE
Anton Angelich was appointed Vice President, Marketing, Sweet Goods Flavors, at Haarmann & Reimer’s Flavor Division, Teterboro, N.J. • Robert H. Pflaum was named Vice President, ADM Nutraceutical Division, at Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, Ill. • Stampede Meat, Inc., Chicago, Ill., promoted Ray McKiernan to Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing; Dan Stelmach joined the company as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. • Kevin Leak was named Vice President of Marketing, Science Products, at VWR Scientific Products, West Chester, Pa. • Luigino’s, Inc., Sanford, Fla., appointed Robert A. Beckwith Jr. Western Division Vice President, Sales; Kimberly S. Batson was appointed Great Lakes Zone Sales Manager for Michelina’s® and Michelina’s Yu Sing® brand frozen entrees and snacks.

Robert Hawthorne was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Lakeville, Mass. • Rod Van Wyngarden was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Illes Food Ingredients, Dallas, Tex. • At Hayes Pump, Inc., West Concord, Mass., Michel A. Vitaliano was named President and Chief Executive Officer; Scott N. Putnam is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Treasurer; Robert L. Simonds was appointed Senior Vice President, Director of Flow Technology, and Assistant Treasurer; and James W. Crowley is Vice President of Industrial Sales, New England.

J.M. Herr has become Chief Executive Officer of Herr Foods Inc., Nottingham, Pa., succeeding his father, J.S. Herr, as CEO. • Alvey Systems, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., appointed Steve Ackerman as Vice President of Integrated System Sales. • Itamar Ben-Gera has retired as Manager of the European Office of Wenger Manufacturing, Inc., Sabetha, Kans., replaced by Jan Swiers, whose appointment as Manager of Wenger Europe was effective January 1, 2000. Oscar Saenz joined Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. as a Service Technician, responsible for the service of all Wenger equipment in Mexico, Central America, and South America

• Elgin Dairy Foods, Inc., Chicago, Ill., appointed Daniel Shafiabady Food Technologist in the company’s Research and Development department. • Yvonne Brown was named Food Scientist with the Specialty Lipids group in Research and Development at Kerry Inc., Beloit, Wis.

Nancy Andersen joined Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa, as a Technical Sales Representative for food, pharmaceutical, and personal care products. • The Triarc Beverage Group, a unit of Triarc Companies, Inc., White Plains, N.Y., named Bruce Bollinger Vice President, Mistic Marketing.

Pat Vincent was appointed Vice President, Applications Engineering, for the subsidiaries of Arrowhead Systems LLC, Oshkosh, Wis., including Arrowhead Conveyer, based in Oshkosh, and Busse and S.J. Industries, based in Randolph, Wis. • Cees de Jong was appointed Group Director of the Industrial Products group at Campina Melkunie, Veghel, The Netherlands, with responsibility for the group’s business units which comprise DMV International, including Nutrifeed and Creamy Creation. • Kumaresh Chakraborty was named Director of Marketing, Food Processor, at Bunge Foods, Bradley, Ill. • Grande Custom Ingredients Group, a business unit of the Grande Cheese Company, Lomira, Wis., named Jim LaBrosse to the position of Technical Sales Manager, covering New York, New Jersey, and the New England area.

NEWS OF SOCIETIES & ASSOCIATIONS
Call for abstracts: Eastern Analytical Symposium

The 2000 Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) is scheduled for October 29–November 3, 2000, at the New Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, N.J. Detailed information is posted on the EAS Web site: www.eas.org.

Those interested in presenting a paper at EAS should submit a 200–250-word abstract of the proposed paper, including preference for oral or poster form. The abstract should be sent to Program Committee, P.O. Box 633, Montchanin, DE 18710-0633, and may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail. The deadline for receipt of preliminay abstracts is March 31, 2000. Submissions must be typed.

The symposium is sponsored by the American Microchemical Society, the New York and New Jersey Sections of the American Chemical Society, the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, the Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley, the Delaware Valley, New York, and New England Sections of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and the New York Microscopical Society. For additional information, contact the EAS Hotline at 302-738-6218; fax 302-738-5275; or e-mail at [email protected].

Council of Biology Editors changes name
The Council of Biology Editors has changed its name to the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and retitled its publication “Science Editor.” CSE’s new Internet address is www.CouncilScienceEditors.org, and it may be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

PMMI/PPMA sign letter of cooperation
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), Arlington, Va., USA, and the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), Wallington, Surrey, UK, have signed a letter of cooperation to create a favorable environment for jointly supported products, services, and functions. In recognition that the packaging and processing industries are rapidly becoming global in nature, the organizations will cooperate on trade shows, conduct market research, cross-market association-produced training materials, and sponsor joint meetings and conferences. Both organizations will remain independent.

Elections and Appointments
Kimberly Rice was promoted to Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of the American Meat Institute (AMI), having been AMI’s Director of Regulatory Affairs since 1997. In this position, she serves as a liaison with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the meat industry.

Prior to joining AMI, Rice was regulatory affairs manager at Jimmy Dean Foods in Cordova, Tenn., where she was responsible for planning and implementing regulatory programs. While there, she also served as Chair of the AMI Inspection Committee’s HACCP Implementation Task Force. She has a B.S. in food science from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

• The Calorie Control Council, Atlanta, Ga., has elected the following officers for 2000: Chairman—James Emerson, The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta; Vice President—Jimmy McKinstry; Royal Crown Company, Inc., Columbus, Ga.; Secretary—Frances Turnak, Cerestar USA, Inc., Hammond, Ind.; and Treasurer—Jon Simplicio, Nutrinova, Inc., Somerset, N.J.

Mari Stull has joined the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) as Director of International Regulatory Policy. She will organize much of GMA’s extensive work with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and work with GMA’s other international coalitions, including the North American Alliance and the International Alliance of Food Product Associations. Her previous positions include working as Coordinator, Caribbean Agribusiness Development in the West Indies. She was also founder and executive director of the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and served as Acting Director of Regulatory and Procedural Development of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Stull has a B.S. in agribusiness management and an M.S. in agribusiness management and economics from Arizona State University.

• The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) has elected the following as officers for the 2000 term: Chairman—Bernard M. McPheely, CEO of Hartness International, Inc., Greenville, S.C.; Vice Chairman—Dennis P. McGrath, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Weber Marketing Systems, Arlington Heights, Ill., President—Charles D. Yuska, Arlington, Va., Secretary/Treasurer—Anthony J. Izzi, Mateer Burt, GEI, Exton, Pa., and Immediate Past Chairman—Robert S. Potdevin, President, Potdevin Machine Co., Teterboro, N.J.

• The National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation has named Emilee N. Rogan Director, Scholarships Program; and Max A. Zavitz Director, Industry Relations, with the goal of furthering the Foundation’s mentoring and scholarships programs. Rogan was most recently Director of Segment Marketing and Sales for Unipro Foodservice, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., where she developed strategic segment marketing concepts for broadline foodservice distributors as well as managing business relationships with industry associations and manufacturers. Zavitz was recently Director of Corporate Accounts for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, Ill., where he was instrumental in promoting the corporate community through development of resources and marketing. They will work to position the Foundation as a leader in scholarships fund-raising, creating a national mentoring program within the industry, and advancing their many outreach initiatives such as the Scholarships Program, the Workplace Safety Program, the Foodservice Management ProfessionalSM Certification Program, and special events such as the Salute to Excellence Program.

Alison Bodor joined the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Arlington, Va., as Director of Market Access and Regulatory Affairs. In this position, she will provide dairy exporters with technical guidance in market access issues, with an emphasis on resolving country-specific market constraints. She came to USDEC from a position as Regulatory Compliance Manager with McCormick & Co., where she coordinated domestic and international regulatory issues for the flavor supplier.

NEWS OF SOCIETIES & ASSOCIATIONS
Jill Mitchell has joined the National Restaurant Association (NRA), Washington, D.C., as Director, State Relations. Before joining NRA, Mitchell worked at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., where she monitored and analyzed federal and state legislative issues of importance to the soft drink industry, and worked to develop public policy strategies and local grass roots campaigns. She has also handled legislative issues on Capitol Hill for Senator Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.).

Vincent Mills has resigned as Administrative Officer of the 3–A Sanitary Standards Symbol Administrative Council, effective upon selection of his successor. Persons who are interested in this position should contact either Dr. Warren S. Clark Jr., Chairman of the Symbol Council Board of Trustees, c/o The American Dairy Products Institute, 300 W. Washington St., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60606-1704 (call 312-782-4888; fax 312-782-5299; E-mail: [email protected]); or Mr. Earl O. Wright, Secretary/Treasurer of the Council, at 501-885-9408; E-mail: [email protected].

The American Dairy Products Institute has announced the election of John L. Prince, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Dairy Foods Industrial Group of Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Brad Nelson, Vice President of Operations, Brewster Dairy, Inc. to the Board of Directors. Prince and Nelson were selected to fill existing vacancies. Their terms will expire in 2001.

The Flexible Packaging Association introduced Marla Donahue as the Association’s new president. Donahue will begin her tenure at the FPA’s Annual Meeting on February 28, 2000. Donahue’s vision for the association is to ensure that membership in the association becomes a critical element in every flexible packaging manufacturer’s business plan.

The American Meat Science Association has moved its business office to the Federation of Animal Science Societies headquarters in Savoy, Ill. For information, contact Thomas Powell, Executive Director, AMSA, 1111 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, IL 61874 or visit its Web site at www.meatscience.org.

Eligibility criteria for the National Registry of Microbiologists was revised to be more reflective of the present-day workforce. Now, individuals may sit for the NRM exam if they hold a baccalaureate degree with the required coursework in microbiology. Previously, the degree had to be in a biological science. The NRM certifies microbiologists in clinical and nonclinical specialty areas, and has, as a goal, the elimination of risk to the public by identification of qualified microbiologists. The Registry encourages mastery of knowledge and skills that improve the human condition, and enhances professional pride and a sense of accomplishment by microbiologists. The Registry has certified more than 5,000 microbiologists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and countries on six continents. In a number of states, NRM certification is recognized as the equivalent of state licensing.

American Cuisine will be highlighted at the Food Export Showcase, held May 7–9, 2000, in conjunction with the Food Marketing Institute Supermarket Industry Exposition at McCormick Place, Chicago. The Showcase will feature about 38 state pavilions, and 400 small and midsize companies exhibiting foods for export. Included is a first-ever Rocky Mountain Pavilion with regional foods from the western states. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA is organizing delegations of international food buyers to attend the Showcase. Last year, FAS escorted 6,000 international buyers from 123 countries to the 1999 Showcase. Exhibitors and buyers can visit the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Web site at www.nasda-hq.org for more information.

The National Restaurant Association will introduce a new pavilion called Opportunity Alley at its 2000 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. This pavilion will offer smaller companies an opportunity to show their innovative products. Opportunity Alley is designed for younger companies, including many minority-owned firms, offering them a mini-booth, with shared space with other companies. To participate, companies must have annual sales of less than $2 million, and must be first-time exhibitors. The 2000 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will be held May 20–23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place and is expected to draw 90,000 attendees.

CORRECTION
Responding to several letters from readers, it seems that the IFT Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award given at last year’s Annual Meeting should have been described differently in the article that appeared on p. 92 of the September 1999 issue of Food Technology. Sucralose, the subject of the 1999 award, was discovered by researchers Hough et al. and disclosed in a United Kingdom patent published 3/28/79, first filed 1/8/76. These researchers, employed by Tate & Lyle Ltd. and The University of London, patented the sweetener. It was first developed in the United Kingdom, and was licensed by McNeil Specialty Products, who petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval to use the sweetener. FDA approved the sweetener for use in 15 food and beverage categories on 4/1/98. The committee for Industrial Achievement Awards chose the product for an award based on the nomination from McNeil Specialty Products, who stated that sucralose was “developed through a collaborative effort between McNeil Specialty Products Company and Tate & Lyle Plc.”


● The UK-based Associated British Foods (ABF), which serves the North American baking industry through its Roland Industries subsidiary, has acquired Röhm Enzyme GmbH from Degussa-Huls GmbH of Germany, to increase its growth in the international food ingredient sector. Röhm Enzyme’s headquarters are in Darmstadt, Germany, with production and industrial enzyme facilities in Rajamaki, Finland.

● Advanced Food Systems, Inc., has opened a new headquarters in Somerset, N.J. The facility will include a manufacturing plant, technical research center, applications laboratory, and customer service department. When the second phase of construction is complete, the facility will total 124,000 sq ft.

● Calorimetry Sciences Corp. has moved to another location. The new address is 1555 West 2050 South, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660 (phone 801-794-2600; fax 801-794-2700).

● The Endress & Hauser Group, based in Reinach, Switzerland, has taken over Dr. Staiger Mohilo Analysenmesstechnik GmbH & Co. of Schorndorf, Germany. Staiger Mohilo offers continuous measurement systems for water and waste water facilities. The company will continue to operate in Schorndorf under its current name.

● Lamb Weston, Inc., Taber, Alberta, Canada, has completed a new 400,000-sq-ft facility in Taber to produce frozen potato products. This project includes 169,000 sq ft of cold storage freezer and a 230,000-sq-ft processing plant. Also included in the eight acres of site development was fresh water supply treatment and storage, plus a one-million-gallon per day waste water treatment plant.

● Bestfoods, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., has formed a new business unit, International Food Solutions, based in Germantown, Wis. The new unit combines Bestfoods’ Milwaukee Seasonings Co. and the recently acquired Case Swayne, Inc.

● Osmonics, Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., has sold two product lines to ResinTech, Inc., Cherry Hills, N.J. The two lines, the Aries DI Loop and the associated disposable cartridges, were manufactured at the company’s Rockland, Mass. facility. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

● Rotronic Instrument Corp., Huntingdon, N.Y., manufacturer of precision humidity measurement instruments, has opened two new regional sales offices. The West Coast Sales office, headed by Mike McGinn, which covers the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California, is located in Fountain Valley, Calif. (phone: 714-596-4610).

The Southeast Sales Office, headed by Roger D. Parks and located in Charlotte, N.C., covers Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida (phone 704-321-5058).

● The Convenience Food Group of Koninklijke Wessanen nv., The Netherlands, has acquired two companies in Germany: Karl Kemper GmbH, Borken, and Vegeta GmbH, Cologne. Karl Kemper produces frozen meal components, primarily chicken and meat specialties and vegetarian products. Vegeta specializes in vegetarian products, and both companies are strong in the foodservice and take-home markets.

● Wolverine Proctor & Schwartz will consolidate all its large order manufacturing operations in its modernized facility in Merrimac, Mass., as a step in meeting its goal of shortest delivery times for its customers. The plant provides ready access to both ocean and ground transportation hubs and features state-of-the-art manufacturing and operating systems. The company will continue to manufacture its proprietary dryer components and replacement parts in its Lexington, N.C., facility, which will also handle Wolverine Proctor’s refurbishment services.

● Universal Foods Corporation, Milwaukee, Wis., has signed an agreement to purchase Dr. Marcus GmbH, a manufacturer of natural colors located in Hamburg, Germany. The company expects to complete the cash transaction by the end of March 2000.


In Memoriam
Gideon E. (Guy) Livingston
, Emeritus Member of IFT, died January 1, 2000, in Dobbs Ferry N.Y. He was 72. Livingston, a student of Carl Fellers and a University of Massachusetts faculty member under Fellers, received his B.A. in chemistry from New York University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food technology from the University of Massachusetts. A Certified Nutritionist and board-certified Nutrition Specialist, his career combined teaching and research in food science and nutrition with industrial consulting and government service.

Many of his activities were devoted to furthering the profession of food science and technology. While teaching at the University of Massachusetts, he had great influence on his doctoral students, many of whom became well-known in the profession in their own right. In 1953, at a time when on most college campuses food technology research and teaching were still segmented into various commodity-related departments, he was instrumental in founding Phi Tau Sigma as the honor society for food science. His perception of the society was that of a unifying force capable of enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of food science and technology and, in so doing, furthering professionalism in the field. He served two years as Phi Tau Sigma’s first president and later as Editor of its quarterly journal, The Food Scientist.

In 1956, he founded his consulting firm, Food Science Associates. He authored approximately 100 research and technical papers, held two U.S. patents, and was the editor or co-author of four books.

Livingston’s contributions to food science are legion. In 1967, he organized IFT’s first foodservice symposium in an effort to close the gap between the food technology and foodservice industries. The program’s success led to the creation of IFT’s Foodservice Division, and Livingston co-authored the first book published in the field of foodservice systems. He organized a Master’s Program in Food Science at Columbia University in New York, enabling students already employed in the food industry to further their studies; directed a special training program in public health nutrition sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development to serve the needs of foreign nationals and Agency field personnel; established the Food & Nutrition Council within the American Health Foundation; served as a member and 1973–74 Chair of the Board of Governors of the Food & Drug Law Institute’s Food Update; and organized or participated in numerous symposia at conferences around the world. At IFT’s 1999 Annual Meeting in Chicago, he organized the IFT Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Nicolas Appert, chairing the symposium “We Are All Appert’s Children.”

He was a recognized processing authority in the field of extended shelf life of refrigerated foods. As a consultant during the 1960s and 1970s, Livingston specialized in designing mass feeding programs for fast food restaurants, schools, hospitals, and airlines. He proposed microbiological criteria and quality standards for frozen meals that were adopted by many diverse organizations. As consultant to the U.S. Army Natick Laboratories in the ‘70s, he also played a key role in numerous projects aimed at improving foodservice systems for the American military, and he directed the first successful commercial development of fresh pasta and sauces in the United States.

During his service on IFT’s Committee on Education (1956–81), minimum curriculum standards were established, and he also directed the development of course content descriptions, counseling many colleges in the United States and abroad in the development of start-up food technology curricula. In 1970, he headed the training and education panel at the first National Conference for Food Protection. Concerned about the foodservice industry’s unawareness of microbiological risks in food handling, Livingston’s panel proposed a recommendation for national certification in sanitation for foodservice managers. The Food and Drug Administration supported this proposal, leading to the creation of a national body to administer the program, which today is mandated by numerous states and municipalities. Livingston also helped develop the curriculum for the State of New Jersey’s foodservice sanitation certification program.

His dedication to chronicling the history of the origins of food science and technology led him to a new book series entitled “Pioneers in Food Science,” of which he was to be Editor-in-Chief. At the time of his death, he was completing a biographical volume dedicated to Nicolas Appert, the father of food technology.

A member of IFT since 1949, Livingston served on the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Alliances. He was a Scientific Lecturer, lecturing on the role and opportunities for food technology in foodservice. He also spoke in a number of foreign countries, giving his talk in German, French, or Spanish as the occasion required.

Livingston held a number of offices in IFT’s New York Section, including that of 1970–71 Chair. While serving as Program Chair in 1969, he introduced the section’s “Food Scientist of the Year Award.” Named an IFT Fellow in 1979, he was recipient of the 1993 IFT Carl R. Fellers Achievement Award and the 1996 Foodservice Division Distinguished Achievement Award.

Dorothy K. Keefer, Professional Member of IFT, died December 23, 1999, in Walnut Creek, Calif. She was 57.

She earned a B.S. in home economics (foods and nutrition) from Douglass College at Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, N.J., then worked for two years at United Fruit Company as an assistant home economist before taking time off to raise her two sons. In 1972 she returned to Rutgers, where she earned an M.S. in food science from the university’s Cook College. While at Rutgers, she supervised the food safety program from all of the university’s foodservice operations and prided herself on the fact that there were no outbreaks of food poisoning during her tenure.

In 1975 she went to Heublein, Inc., where she held a number of positions within the Home Economics Department, including Department Manager. When the Del Monte Company bought Heublein, Keefer transferred to Del Monte’s Research Facility in Walnut Creek, Calif., where she rose through a number of positions, becoming Manager of Product Development in 1988. In 1996, she resigned to begin her own consulting business, Food Science Consulting.

She joined IFT in 1973 while a student at Rutgers, and was active in both the Nutmeg and the Northern California (NCIFT) Sections. She was a member of the NCIFT Executive Committee from 1996 through 1998, serving as Member-at-Large. She was particularly active with the section’s Suppliers’ Night Committee and held the position of Suppliers’ Night Chair at the time of her death.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 55 Hawthorne Street, Suite 510, San Francisco, CA 94105.

DEATH NOTICES
Lee Nutting
, Emeritus Charter Member. Died December 29, 1999, in Berkeley, Calif., age 90. Retired from Hills Bros. Coffee Co., San Francisco, in 1974. Joined IFT in 1939, had been member of the Northern California Section.

Robert R. Ferguson, Emeritus Member. Died 1999 in Lake Wales, Fla., age 71. Retired from FMC Corporation’s Food Processing Systems Division in December 1993. Re-joined IFT in 1969; served the Florida Section as Section Councilor from 1989 to 1991.

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by BETSY BAIRD
Assistant Editor