Son of Fredric J. and Sophia C Baur. Beloved husband of the late Elaine Baur; Devoted father of Linda L. Baur, Lawrence J. Baur and Ronald S. Baur; Loving grandfather of John T. Moran, Jr., Nathaniel K. Baur, Gabrielle C. Baur and Ronald S. Baur II. Dr. Baur retired from Proctor and Gamble where he specialized in Research and Development and later Quality Control.
He lectured world-wide on related topics and was the author of several technical books, articles and publications. He was also an inventor, most notably of the container for Pringles potato crisps, and had several patents. He was a member of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists and College Hill Presbyterian Church, where he was active in many roles throughout the years. Passed away May 4, 2008 at the age of 89. Residence College Hill.
Dr. Fredric J. Baur was so proud of having designed the container for Pringles potato crisps that he asked his family to bury him in one.
His children honored his request. Part of his remains were buried in a Pringles can - along with a regular urn containing the rest - in his grave at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township.
He developed many products, including frying oils and a freeze-dried ice cream, for P&G. The ice cream was patented and marketed, but didn't catch on. "Basically, what you did, you added milk to it, put it in the freezer and you had ice cream", said his son Lawrence J. Baur of Stevensville, Mich. "That was another one he was proud of but just never went anywhere."
Later in his career, Dr. Baur became a compliance specialist for P&G. "He had a worldwide reputation in plant sanitation and traveled all over the world inspecting plants", said his daughter, Linda L. Baur, of Diamondhead, Miss. He also lectured, edited books, and wrote several publications and articles.
But the Pringles can - a tube-shaped container designed to hold the salty, stackable, saddle-shaped chip - was his proudest accomplishment, his daughter said. He received a patent for the package as well as the method of packaging Pringles in 1970.
Born in Toledo on July 14, 1918, Dr. Baur received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo and both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Ohio State University.
He enlisted in the Navy on April 15, 1944 as an aviation physiologist stationed in San Diego during World War II. Aviation physiologists conducted research on the medical aspects of flight.
Dr. Baur started working for P&G in the late 1940s and retired in the early 1980s.
He was a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church and active with the national Presbyterian Church. He was on the board of directors of the church-run Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
His wife, Elaine Baur, died in 2001.
In addition to his daughter, Linda, and son Lawrence, survivors include another son, Ronald S. Baur of College Hill; and four grandchildren.
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