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Published: Tuesday, 6/3/2008

University of Toledo grad's ashes interred in Pringles can


CINCINNATI - The man who designed the container for Pringles potato crisps was so proud of his accomplishment that he asked his family to bury him in one of the cans.

Fredric J. Baur, of Cincinnati, died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati. He was 89.

Mr. Baur's children honored his request by burying part of his remains in a Pringles can in his grave in a cemetery in suburban Cincinnati. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can.

Mr. Baur received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in 1939 and a master's degree and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Ohio State University. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. for almost 40 years.

Mr. Baur received a patent for the cylindrical Pringles container and for the method of packaging Pringles in 1970, and the container was his proudest accomplishment, his daughter Linda Baur said.

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