Dr. Arthur J. “Art” Siedler passed away on Friday, June 12 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on March 17, 1927 in Milwaukee, the son of Arthur William and Margaret (Stadler) Siedler.
Dr. Siedler served as the Department Head of Food Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1972-1989. During this time, the Department underwent a major reorganization and experienced significant growth in programs and expansion in facilities. Art provided transformative and enthusiastic leadership, drawing upon his scientific, academic and business skills, while maintaining a delightful sense of humor. Art also served as the Chair of the Division of Nutritional Sciences from 1977-1981. He joined the University of Illinois in 1972 as Professor of Food Science and Nutritional Sciences as well as Internal Medicine and was actively engaged in the scientific community until his retirement in 1994.
Art was an accomplished industry leader before arriving at the University. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. After completing his graduate degrees at the University of Chicago in 1956 and 1959, he joined the American Meat Institute Foundation as the Chief of the Division of Biochemistry and Nutrition. This was followed by Group Leader, Chief of the Physiology Section and Chief of the Biochemistry Section for Norwich Pharmacal Company in New York. Art contributed to the knowledge of dietary macronutrients on growth and development, as well as the role of pharmaceuticals in treating renal and urinary tract diseases. He was a member and fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, and also held memberships in the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Nutritional Sciences (currently, American Society for Nutrition). He served the United States Coast Guard from 1945-1946 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, USA.