The man who designed the Pringles potato chip packaging system was so proud of his accomplishment that a portion of his ashes has been buried in one of the famous cans. Fredric J. Baur requested the burial arrangement because he was proud of his design of the Pringles container.
According to his family, Baur died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati, and his request was honored by burying him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in suburban Springfield Township, Ohio.
Baur was originally an organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research-and-development and quality control for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co.
According to the archivist at Procter & Gamble Co., Baur filed for a patent for the tubular Pringles container and for the method of packaging the curved, stacked chips in the container in 1966, and it was granted in 1970, P&G archivist Ed Rider said.
Baur retired from P&G in the early 1980s. He was 89.