After serving with the U.S. Army, he joined Anderson, Clayton Company (AC), where he worked for over 37 years as a technical director of oil milling, focusing mainly on cottonseed and soybean extraction. Throughout AC, and later at the Center, expanders were shown to improve solvent drainage of the marc and reduce evaporation energy requirements; increase oil recovery; bind gossypol in cottonseed meal; lower nonhydratable phosphatides in soybean oil; and reduce trypsin inhibitor content in soybean meal, with reduced lysine destruction and significant savings in preparing animal feeds.
inform November 2008, Vol. 19 (11) 753 lEsliE Raymond waTkins neutralization system to curtail the se- In a joint statement, Ed Lusas and Les Watkins, a 40-year AOCS member, vere corrosion of heat exchangers and Walter Farr said, “Les . . . relied confi- died at the age of 80 in College Station, piping that was found to occur with this dently on his problem solving, engineer- Texas, USA, on October procedure. This system, perfected in col- ing, and people skills to better the oil- 4, 2008. laboration with Walter Farr, eventually seeds processing industry. Few people He received a B.S. was installed at most US oil extraction have left stronger marks on our industry in electrical engineering plants. than Les Watkins.” from A&M College of Watkins believed he was the first to –Ed Lusas Texas (now Texas A&M apply expanders to US domestic oilseeds and Walter Farr University) in 1948. Af- processing. In the late 1970s, a machine ter serving with the U.S. then used in soybean processing in Bra- Army, he joined Ander- zil was brought to the United States and Watkins son, Clayton Company installed in AC’s Thorndale, Texas, cot- RoBERT anTHony cuRRiE (AC), where he worked tonseed extraction plant. Throughout Robert A. Currie, of Edmonton, Alberta, for over 37 years as a technical director AC, and later at the Center, expanders Canada, passed away on July 28, 2008, at of oil milling, focusing mainly on cotton- were shown to improve solvent drainage the age of 71. seed and soybean extraction. He worked of the marc and reduce evaporation en- He received his Bachelor of Sci- with eight oil mills in Mexico for 15 ergy requirements; increase oil recovery; ence degree from St. Patrick’s College years, then returned to corporate head- bind gossypol in cottonseed meal; lower (now part of the University of Ottawa) quarters in Houston in 1966
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