Pringles Can Inventor Buried In Pringles Can

by J-Mirabelli
A display box filled with cans of Pringles

Frederic Baur invented the Pringles can in the late 1950s and requested that part of his ashes be buried in the can when he passed away.

You never think about the can as you devour your Pringles potato crisps. Industrious potato crisp lovers often find countless uses for their empty containers and use them for everything from straw holders to storing nuts and bolts. In a recent Pringles promotion you could order your own “Pringles Can Speaker”. What most people never think about is having their ashes put in a Pringles can.

Frederic J. Baur, the man who designed the Pringles potato crisp packaging system was thinking just that. He was so proud of his accomplishment that he requested a portion of his ashes be buried in one of the iconic cans. His request dubbed the “Pringles Plan” made in the early 1980s, became a family joke but no one doubted the seriousness of his last wishes.

Baur was an organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control for Procter & Gamble Company. 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.

He retired from P&G in the early 1980s. Fredric J. Baur died May 4, 2008 with complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati. He was 89.

Baur’s children said they honored his request by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in Springfield Township. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can. On the way to the funeral home, his children Linda, Lawrence and Ronald stopped at a Walgreen’s to buy a can of Pringles. Dr. Baur’s son, Larry said, “My siblings and I briefly debated what flavor to use, but I said, ‘Look, we need to use the original.’ “

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