Passing of a petfood pioneer

Dr. James E. Corbin, an industry leader and pioneer, died March 1.

 Dr. James E. Corbin, an industry leader and pioneer, died March 1. He was born in 1921 in Providence, Kentucky, USA, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kentucky. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois. Corbin joined the Ralston Purina Co. as manager of special chows research in 1954 and became the first director of the Purina Pet Care Center. In 1973, he joined the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois and established a world-class teaching and research program in companion animal biology.  He retired from the University in 1984, but was an active emeritus professor.

"Few persons have had greater impact on the petfood industry. Besides pioneering the concept of extruded petfood as an industry scientist, Jim's mentorship of literally hundreds of petfood professionals has helped make the industry the dynamic organization that it is today," said colleague Dr. George Fahey.

A public memorial service honoring Corbin was held on March 31 at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environment Sciences (ACES) Library, Information and Alumni Center. A reception was planned to follow the service. A guestbook has been set up online by The News-Gazette , for those interested in leaving or reading the comments about Dr. Corbin, visit the guestbook at .

In recognition of his many contributions, a memorial scholarship fund has been established-the Dr. James E. Corbin Companion Animal Biology Scholarship-for students in the U of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Contributions may be sent to: 166 Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin, Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA. Memorials can also be made to the nonprofit organizations Canine Connection or Lifeline Pilots . Corbin is survived by two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and one brother.

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