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UW-Madison food scientist C.E. “Pat” Johnson dead at 82

Clarence Everett (Pat) Johnson, emeritus professor of food science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died Friday, Jan. 14. He was 82 years old.

Johnson was born in Corvallis, Oregon and grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1943, he graduated from the Columbia University Midshipman School and served three years in the U.S. Navy on a submarine chaser in the South Pacific Theater.

After the war, Johnson graduated from Oregon State University with a master”s degree in dairy product manufacturing. He joined a newly organized dairy company that supplied recombined milk products in various countries to U.S. military and American personnel. The company subsequently became Foremost Dairies Inc. For the next 15 years, Johnson assisted in building and managing dairy plants in Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Thailand, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Johnson moved to Madison in 1965 and earned a doctorate in food science at the UW-Madison in 1970. He joined the faculty of the Department of Food Science at the UW-Madison in 1970, where he directed extension and outreach programs for the food industry.

Johnson”s research interests included frozen milk concentrate and modified atmosphere storage of fresh vegetables and fish. His teaching and extension duties included sanitation and thermal processing.

Johnson was an instructor and director of the Better Process Control School for the food canning industry, American Brewers Association, and Wisconsin Cheesemakers short courses. At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, he organized and instructed a school at Madison for training food and drug investigators. He was a member of the Institute of Food Technologists; Sigma Xi; the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Wisconsin Canners and Freezers Association.

In 1994, Johnson married Kay M. Canny. He retired from the UW-Madison in 1991, but continued his interest in food science.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Kay, of Madison and two sons, Steven Vincent Johnson of Madison and Norman Patrick Johnson of Lyndonville, Vermont. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emily, who died in 1993. A celebration of his life was held Jan. 20 at St. Andrew”s Episcopal Church in Madison. The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to be given to St. Andrew”s Episcopal Church or Hospice.