Walter Mathias Urbain, Emeritus Member and former Scientific Editor of the Journal of Food Science, died January 15, 2002, in Dallas, Tex., at the age of 91. He was a leading pioneer in the development and advocacy of food irradiation technology as a means to preserve food and increase the food supply.

Urbain earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1934. He then began a 32-year career at Swift and Co. in Chicago, Ill., working exclusively in research and development and ul…

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