This man certainly had an entrepreneurial spirit… but was being buried in a Pringle’s can taking things a bit too far?
From the Cincinnati Enquirer
Dr. Fredric J. Baur was so proud of having designed the container for Pringles potato crisps that he asked his family to bury him in one.
His children honored his request. Part of his remains was buried in a Pringles can – along with a regular urn containing the rest – in his grave at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township.
Dr. Baur, a retired organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control for Procter & Gamble, died May 4 at Vitas Hospice. The College Hill resident was 89.
He developed many products, including frying oils and a freeze-dried ice cream, for P&G. The ice cream was patented and marketed, but didn’t catch on. “Basically, what you did, you added milk to it, put it in the freezer and you had ice cream,” said his son Lawrence J. Baur of Stevensville, Mich. “That was another one he was proud of but just never went anywhere.”
But the Pringles can – a tube-shaped container designed to hold the salty, stackable, saddle-shaped chip – was his proudest accomplishment, his daughter said. He received a patent for the package as well as the method of packaging Pringles in 1970.