Gerald Darwin Kuhn
Gerald Darwin Kuhn
April 15, 1931 — April 28, 2011
SEBRING, Fla. — Gerald Darwin Kuhn, 80, went home to be with God Thursday, April 28, 2011. He died at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, Fla.
He was born to Elmer and Hester Grosvenor Kuhn April 15, 1931, in Bourbon, Ind. He married Maxine Barker in Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 6, 1962.
He is survived by his four children: Jeffrey (Janet) and Jill (Larry) Uceny of Plymouth, Ind., Gerald of Paradise, Calif., and Patricia (Daniel) Doroschenko of Bellefonte, Penn.; and five grandchildren: Justin (Heather), Jessica and Joshua Kuhn of Plymouth, and Dillon and Danielle Doroschenko of Bellefonte; two sisters, Joan Fisher of Bourbon, and Sharon (James) Cumberland of Glasgow, Ky.; two brothers, Luther of Bourbon and Donald of Etna Green.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Gottschalk and Helen Baker; and a brother ,Devon.
Gerald received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1960 to 1967. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 1967 where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Food Science in 1994.
He was internationally recognized as an authority on food irradiation, processing and control practices in canning and freezing, and quality management.
He authored or coauthored in excess of 40 published research articles, more than 200 application publications, two books, numerous book chapters and traveled for professional reasons to Japan, Korea, Malaysia, England, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada and Costa Rica.
In addition to serving two years as head of the Food Science Department at Penn State, he was a senior member of the Penn State Graduate Faculty, senator in the University Faculty Senate, and on the University Academic and Athletics Standards Committee, past president of Gamma Sigma Delta, and an IFT Fellow. Gerald was head of the Food Science Dept. at Penn State from 1992 to 1994. He was past president of Bourbon Lions Club and the Bourbon High School Alumni Association. As president of the Bourbon Alumni Association, he pioneered the establishment of the Bourbon High School Alumni Scholarship program.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955.
A memorial service will be held at the Bourbon First United Methodist Church in Bourbon, Ind., Wednesday May 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Revs. Bonnie Shoaf and Stormy Scherer-Berry officiating.
Graveside service will be conducted at a later date in New Bern, N.C.
Memorial visitation will be Deaton Funeral Home in Bourbon from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
Gerald was a member of Bible Fellowship Church.
In lieu of floral arrangements, memorial donations to support students in Christian ministry studies may be sent to the Bible Fellowship Church College Scholarship, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, Fla. 33872.
Online condolences may be made to the family at deatonclemensfh.com.