Department mourns passing of Dr. Barbara Klein

February 18, 2015

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) Klein on Tuesday, February 17, 2014. Dr. Klein is survived by her beloved husband Miles, daughters Cindy and Gail, and many other family and friends. 

Dr. Klein was an internationally recognized professional in the area of sensory evaluation. Her academic career, research accomplishments, and service to her professional field have positively impacted the area of foods and nutrition. As a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Dr. Klein advised more than 40 graduate students, garnered over $2 million in grant funds, and was instrumental in the founding of the Illinois Center for Soy Foods, which she served as co-director. During her more than 30 year career, she served in a variety of administrative roles, including assisting with the reorganization transition of the College of ACES in 1996. Additionally, she has served in numerous leadership roles within the Institute of Food Technologists and was the Associate Scientific Editor for the Journal of Food Science.
Dr. Klein earned her Ph.D. in Home Economics at the University of Illinois in 1974. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Home Economics from Cornell University. In addition to her strong commitment to the food science field, Dr. Klein and her husband Miles, are avid supporters of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, serving on their Marquee Council. She was also active in the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation.

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