Dr. William C. (Bill) Winder III, 76, distinguished scientist, inventory and educator, died April 4, 1991 in a Madison hospital of pneumonia. He was a professor emeritus in food science at the University of Wisconsin.
He was born November 16, 1914 in Salt Lake City, to William C. Winder Jr. and Bessie Anderson Winder. He attended city schools and graduated from LDS High School, where he was a Heber J. Grant Scholar. At the University of Utah he was a yearbook editor and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha.He married Rebecca Stewart of Logan in 1939. During an interim period before beginning graduate studies, he was a plant manager for Winder Dairy. In 1946 and 1947, he received bachelors's and master's degrees from Utah State University and, in 1949, a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he was invited to join the faculty. He taught and did research in food science at Wisconsin until his retirement in 1981.
His major research involved the application of ultrasonics to the analysis of food components. One widely used invention was an instrument employing ultrasound to measure the butterfat content of milk. He held patents and published numerous scientific papers in this area of research.
He taught a wide range of subjects, including the physical chemistry of dairy and food products, which, due to his fascinating presentation, attracted many students each year from unrelated disciplines. In 1967, he received the American Dairy Science Association's Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor in his field.
Dr. Winder was also known for his work in developing new flavors of ice cream. These were available at the campus ice cream shop, which he supervised for 32 years. Students affectionately dubbed him "The Emperor of Ice Cream".
In 1963, he was honored by Utah State's Dairy Science department as its most outstanding alumnus. He was a member of the American Dairy Science Association, Sigma Xi, Gamma Alpha, Phi Tau Sigma, Delta Theta Sigma, and the Wisconsin Dairy Technology Society, of which he was president in 1952. He is listed in Who's Who in the Midwest, American Men of Science, Who's Who in American Education, and Leaders in American Science.
In 1986, Utah State and the University of Wisconsin announced substantial bequests from Dr. Winder to establish endowed professorships in food sciences at both schools.
Dr. Winder is survived by his widow, Madison; a brother, Jack Winder, and sisters, Joyce W. Searle, Jan W. Sandwich, and Judy W. Nelson, all of Salt Lake City; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by another brother, Robert Winder.
Burial was is Madison.
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