Macy Award Committee

Committee Chair

Terry Reineccius

Target, Inc.

Committee Members

Thomas Aurand

Land O'Lakes

Gary Reineccius

University of Minnesota

Mary Schmidl

University of Minnesota

Craig Sherwin

General Mills, Inc.

Elana Shneur

The Scoular Company

Candidates Sought for the 2014 Harold Macy
Food Science and Technology Award

The Minnesota section of IFT is seeking nominations for suitable candidates from all IFT sections for the 2014 Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award.

The award, established in 1981, is given annually to recognize an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any two of the following settings: academic, government, and private industry. The purpose of the award is to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Harold Macy, former Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a Founding Member of IFT. The award consists of a plaque, $2500 honorarium and travel expenses. The awardee will be invited to address the Minnesota Section at the annual Macy Award meeting to be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2014. Completed nomination forms should be submitted via Email to Dr. Mary K. Schmidl


About Macy Award

The Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award was established by the MN Section of the Institute of Food Technologists in 1981. In the words of the bylaw adopted to formally establish the Award, its purpose "shall be to advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Dean Emeritus Harold Macy by the selection each year of an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists or technologists in any two of the following settings:

  1. Academic
  2. Government
  3. and
  4. Private industry
by the preparation of appropriate descriptive material describing the accomplishments involved, and inviting of the individual awardee or awardees to address the annual Award meeting of the Section."

Harold Macy, emeritus charter professional member of IFT and former dean of the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, died in 1986 at the age of 91. Dean Harold Macy, "Jo" to those who knew him, had a long and illustrious career in the food industry. His first and most extensive association focused on interests in dairy science, and his professional activity in dairy husbandry, processing and bacteriology, and later in food technology, spanned over 50 years. Jo Macy was involved in formulations and writing of some of the first public health regulations for milk and other dairy products, to assure their safety and wholesomeness. Among his most notable achievements in technology transfer was the establishment in 1936 of the Dairy Quality Control Institute (DQCI). For many years, DQCI oversaw on a cooperative basis, the quality of milk marketed in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and included an analytical laboratory that was highly respected on a national basis. He was also involved in the original founding of the American Dairy Association and the Dairy Council, which was in Macy's words "one of the dairy industry's most precious accomplishments."

Macy's academic career began in 1919 as an assistant professor of dairy bacteriology at the University of Minnesota. In the succeeding 44 years, he moved up through the ranks and completed his campus tenure as dean of what was then the Institute of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics. It is thus entirely fitting that a Minnesota IFT Section award emphasizing technology transfer among academia, government, and private industry should honor the name of Harold Macy.

Some pictures from the first Macy Award, 1981

  • Dr. Theodore P. Labuza was Chair of the Minneosta section
  • Dr. Elwood Caldwell was Chair elect
  • Dr. Graham Lusk was Macy Award Committee Inagural Chair in 1981

Past Macy Award Recipients

2013 - Theodore P. Labuza
2012 - Award Not Given
2011 - Jae W. Park
2010 - Kevin M. Keener
2009 - Richard W. Hartel
2008 - Donald Kramer
2007 - John Surak
2006 - Gary List
2005 - David B. Min
2004 - Richard Linton
2003 - Robert J. Price
2002 - Stephen L. Taylor
2001 - Jozef Kokini
2000 - Keith Ito
1999 - W. James Harper
1998 - Richard Lechowich
1997 - Daniel Y.C. Fung
1996 - Elaine R. Wedral
1995 - James N. BeMiller
1994 - Kenneth R. Swartzel
1993 - George E. Inglett
1992 - Peter Barton Hutt
1991 - John J. Powers
1990 - Arnold E. Denton
1989 - Rose Marie Pangborn
1988 - Philip E. Nelson
1987 - Howard E. Bauman
1986 - Norman F. Olson
1985 - Joseph C. Olson, Jr.
1984 - Robert Pearl
1983 - Gary H. Richardson
1982 - E.M. "Mike" Foster
1981 - Harold Macy

Nominate a Candidate

2014 Guidelines for the Minnesota Section IFT Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award

Purpose:
To advance the profession and practice of food technology and to honor Dean Emeritus Harold Macy by the selection each year of a current or recent outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists and technologists in any two of the following settings: (1) academic, (2) government, and (3) private industry.
Award:
The award shall consists of a $2500 honorarium, an inscribed plaque, and necessary travel expenses. The awardee(s) will be invited to address the section at the annual meeting.
Support:
The Minnesota Section IFT will support the award through the Macy Award capital fund.
Jury:
A standing committee of 6 section members known as the Macy Award committee is responsible for the section of the awardee(s).
Frequency:
The Harold Macy Food Science and Technology Award is to be presented annually at the April meeting of the Minnesota Section.
Nominations:
Nominations may be submitted by any member of the Institute of Food Technologists. They shall be made on the approved nomination form and submitted electronically to the chair of the Macy Award Committee no later than January 1, 2014. If more than one individual is nominated, file a form for each. An attached description of the reasons why nominee(s) should receive the award should be no more than two (12 point Arial font; one inch margins all four sides) pages.

DOWNLOAD Harold Macy Nomination Form (MS Word Document)

Selection of Awardee:
After January 1, 2014, the committee chair will communicate with the committee to review the nominations and select the Awardee no later than January 15.
Send Nominations to:
Dr. Mary K. Schmidl, Macy Award Committee, mschmidl@umn.edu

Macy Award Dinner Meeting

To be Determined