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Sidney M. Cantor ’33

Sidney M. Cantor ’96, April 6, 1996, in Overbrook Hills, Pennsylvania, after a long illness. He earned a PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1936, where he did research in carbohydrate chemistry on a fellowship from Corn Products Refining Company. After graduating, the company hired him to develop a sugar research program, and he was later promoted to assistant research director. He married Bertha Baer in 1938. In 1947, he took a position with American Sugar Refining Company as director of research and development in Philadelphia, but the company’s conservative approach to new ideas inspired him to leave to form his own chemical consulting firm, Sidney M. Cantor Associates. His work included research and development in food processing and the development of sweeteners for commercial and home use, and he worked with domestic and foreign companies as well as on U.S. and foreign government projects. He was well known in the field of food processing research and published a number of articles on topics relating to the field. 1976, he received the Claude S. Hudson Award of the carbohydrate division of the American Chemical Society for distinguished service to the field of carbohydrate chemistry. He was a serious art collector and amateur artist, enjoyed jazz, and traveled extensively with his wife after retiring. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, numerous grandchildren, and a cousin, Bernard Ross ’37.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1996

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