Dr. Glenn D. LaBaw, 93, hero, inventor and father, of Greenwich, Connecticut and lately of Lake Mary, Florida was born on March 2, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. He lived in Greenwich, Connecticut for over sixty years with his wife, Eleanore. After his wife’s passing, for the last couple years, he lived in Lake Mary, Florida where he peacefully passed away on June 11, 2018, in his sleep, surrounded by family.
Glenn was the son of Autho and Bonnie LaBaw and grew up in Hammond, Indiana with his older brother Claude. As kids and often left largely to their own devices, the two created more than their fair share of mischief. Glenn and Claude hunted and fished with their hunting dog on their Aunt’s farm. While at Hammond High School, Glenn was the Indiana state HS champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle. He played the trumpet and excelled in math and science.
In 1943, he was drafted. He became the bugler and the field artillery forward observer of the 775th Field Artillery Battalion in World War II (part of Patton’s 3rd Army) and saw action in Northern France and Germany including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery for his actions on September 5, 1944 when he rescued his wounded sergeant, taking him back to safety and administering first aid under enemy fire.
After the war, at Purdue University in Indiana, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science, a Master’s in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Food Technology. In German class, he met his wife of more than sixty years, Eleanore. They were married on Jan 9, 1954 at Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana.
After graduation, he made a career in the food industry. Among the companies which benefited from his talents were Pillsbury, Beechnut, Nabisco, General Foods and Standard Brands. He developed hundreds of food products. Some of these products are still in use today including Pillsbury cookie dough, microwave popcorn, snack bars, bread mix, and leavenings. He developed the process to get the Pillsbury crescent rolls in their “poppin” fresh container and still stay flaky and delicious. These products were considered ground breaking at the time and he obtained many food related patents.
In retirement, he enjoyed recreational swimming, traveling, playing cards, feeding the wild crows and sea gulls, reading cowboy novels, playing with his cocker spaniels and scandalizing his wife and others with his sense of humor.
Glenn is predeceased by his parents, brother and wife and is survived by his three children: Jeffrey S. LaBaw, Andrea LaBaw Braunstein, Gregory S.M. LaBaw and five grandchildren: Andrew B. LaBaw, Sean L. LaBaw, Benjamin P. LaBaw, Alexa L. LaBaw and Isabel M. LaBaw. There will be a service at St. Joseph's Mausoleum in St. Mary's/Putnam Cemetery, 399 North Street in Greenwich on June 30, 2018 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation to the American Diabetes Association, World Wildlife Fund, or ASPCA in his name.