Fredric J. Baur of Cincinnati was proud of his invention, the Pringles potato chip can. Among his final wishes was that his remains be kept in one of those iconic cans that he had invented. Following his death at age 89, his family honored that wish by placing part of his cremated ashes inside a Pringles container in his burial grave at Arlington Memorial Gardens in the Cincinnati suburb of Springfield, Ohio.
Mr. Baur, an organic chemist and food storage technician, worked in research and development and quality control for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. and retired from P&G in the early 1980s. He created the stacked chips can design in 1966 and received a U.S. patent for it in 1970.
He developed many other products for P&G, including frying oils and a freeze-dried ice cream. The ice cream was patented and marketed, but never caught on. Later in his career, he became a plant sanitation expert and traveled all over the globe, inspecting plants for the company.
Mr. Baur died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati.