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Glenn Froning
Glenn Froning | Photo courtesy of Roper & Sons Funeral Homes
on February 2, 2017

Egg industry leader Glenn Froning dies at age 86

He chaired the Poultry Science Department at the University of Nebraska and served as American Egg Board food science and technology adviser

Dr. Glenn Froning, 86, Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away January 29, 2017.

Froning was born in Gray Summit, Missouri, on September 8, 1930, to Gilbert Charles Froning and Marie (Buchanan) Froning.

He obtained a B.S. degree in poultry science at the University of Missouri in 1953; an M.S. degree in poultry products at the University of Missouri in 1957; and a PhD in food science (poultry products) at the University of Minnesota in 1961. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army in Korea from 1954-56. Froning was assistant professor to the Department of Food Service, Rutgers University, from 1961-63, assistant professor in the Department of Poultry Science, University of Connecticut from 1963-66, and moved to the University of Nebraska in 1966.

Over the next 30 years, with reorganization at the university, Froning chaired the Poultry Science Department until it combined with Animal Science, making a final move to Food Science and Technology in the early 80s. He was a professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska.

Many honors, awards

He was the recipient of many honors and awards throughout his career, including election as a fellow in the in Poultry Science Society. Froning is author, or co-author, of more than 200 scientific publications and popular articles on poultry meat and eggs. Former graduate students can be found throughout the United States as well as in many countries around the world. He was a member of several professional societies, and has received many awards. After his retirement, Froning continued consulting in his professional field with many years as food science and technology adviser to the American Egg Board.

Froning was in church coordinating the Mission Produce Table each year while serving on the Property and Facilities Committee. As an active member of Northeast Kiwanis, he enjoyed volunteering with the Backpack Program at Belmont Elementary School where his daughter teaches.

Family, services

Froning is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynne Froning of Lincoln; daughters, Teri Foley and Sharon Phillips of Lincoln; grandchildren, John and Abigail Foley, and Spencer Phillips of Lincoln; his brother, William Froning of Arlington, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Marie Froning, mother-in-law, Almira Stillman, and sister-in-law, Shirley Froning.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at Roper and Sons Funeral Home, 4300 'O' St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 'M' St., Lincoln, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dr. David Lux officiating.

Memorials may be made to Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

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