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Seymour G. Gilbert

Seymour G. Gilbert, professor emeritus of food packaging, passed away at home in Lee, M.A., on December 23, 2017. He was 103 years old. A memorial will be held on April 8 at 2 p.m. at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick.

Born in Orange, N.J., Gilbert earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology and biochemistry from Rutgers University in 1941. After a career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in industry at Pabst Brewing Company and Milprint Packaging, he joined the Rutgers University Food Science Department in 1965. He was instrumental in establishing the Center for Packaging Science and Engineering and the Center for Advanced Food Technology at Rutgers, becoming internationally known throughout the food packaging and preservation industry. During his tenure, he consulted on NASA's Apollo project, designing packaging for the moon landing life support systems.

He has been honored by the Institute of Food Technology, the Packaging Hall of Fame, the Food Engineering Hall of Fame, and the New York Academy of Science. He became professor emeritus at Rutgers in 1988 and continued there as associate director of the Center for Packaging and Engineering at Rutgers College of Engineering until 1996. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the Rutgers Department of Food Science.

Seymour was predeceased by his first wife, Rita (Small-heiser) Gilbert; and siblings, Jack, Ben, and Michael Gilbert, Ada Gelernter, and Libby Rosenberg. He is survived by his beloved wife, Erna Lindner; daughters, Nan, Bethanie, and Laurie Gilbert, Wendy Gilbert-Simon (Marcel Simon), and Amy Lindner-Lesser. Seymour is also survived by his grandchildren, Kirk and Rodd McLaughlin, Dominique, Joel, and Manuel Simon, Nina Anderson, and Maya Lindner-Lesser; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Donations in his honor may be sent to the Rutgers University Foundation or makeagift.rutgers.edu; designated "Food Science Department in memory of Seymour Gilbert."

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