A Flavorful Dedication

Dean Tom Payne speaks at the Milton E. Bailey Flavor Chemistry Laboratory dedication Saturday, April 6, in Eckles Hall while Bailey and his wife, Liz, look on.Dean Tom Payne speaks at the Milton E. Bailey Flavor Chemistry Laboratory dedication Saturday, April 6, in Eckles Hall while Bailey and his wife, Liz, look on.

Milton E. Bailey, retired professor of animal husbandry and food science and human nutrition at MU, was honored April 6, 2013. The Milton Bailey Flavor Chemistry Laboratory was dedicated in his honor.  About 75 friends, family, alumni and former students gathered in Eckles Café.

“Dr. Bailey contributed a great deal to the flavor industry during his time at Mizzou and elevated our research and teaching programs,” said Tom Payne, Vice Chancellor and CAFNR Dean.  “Recognizing his contributions to Mizzou and the food science industry with this naming opportunity is overdue. Milt, thank you for your contributions to the industry, this College, and for impacting so many students that were compelled to join together and honor you in this way.”

Bailey was born June 7, 1924, in Shreveport, La., to Silas E. and Ella F. Haskins Bailey and grew up in DeRidder, La. He worked as a civilian employee at Fort Polk in the Ordinance Division where Sherman Tanks were tested before transfer to the Second Armored Division.  In June 1943, he joined the Army Air Force Cadet Corps and served in the Eighth Air Force in England from 1944 to 1946. Returning to the states, he enrolled in Tulane University and graduated with a B.S. degree in psychology, June 1949. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry at Louisiana State University and was on the research faculty in the same department for five years before accepting a position in animal husbandry at MU in September 1958.

In 1967, Bailey was one of the charter members of the new food science and nutrition department. While at MU for 35 years, he taught and mentored dozens of graduate students and carried out research until retirement in 1993. Bailey has taught more than 11 courses, published more than 100 journal articles, co-authored Warmed-Over Flavor of Meat, numerous book chapters and various conference presentations.

Bailey’s area of professional specialization included the chemistry of discoloration and degradation of protein in shellfish. Bailey specialized in the molecular and structural attributes of meat quality including meat tenderness, flavor, nutrition and safety. He also studied the effect of stress and activity on nutritional metabolism in humans and factors regulating protein synthesis, degradation and growth of skeletal muscles of meat animals.

Bailey received multiple honors for his research and teaching abilities including Sigma Xi Membership, Fulbright Hays Fellowship, Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the National Teaching Award, American Meat Science Association.

Bailey and wife, Liz, pose with their four children.Bailey and wife, Liz, pose with their four children.

After retirement, Bailey became a community leader and mentor. He got involved in the “Helping Little Hearts” Golf Tournament which supports the pediatric cardiology unit at the University’s Children’s Hospital. Bailey also received the Tablet of Honor, the highest award given by Kiwanis International, for his contributions to the club and local community.

Bailey and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Columbia. They have been married since 1958. They have four children, Lynn E. Bailey, Gregory D. Bailey, Lorraine F. Stipek and Jacqueline Mounce. The Baileys also have six grandchildren.

“My dad is so excited to be here today,” Lorraine Stipek said. “He loved his work. All of his kids learned at a young age how to test meat. We grew up around his work, and thinking about those times brings back great memories.”

Speakers at the lab dedication included Jinglu Tan, division director, Food Systems and Bioengineering; Dean Tom Payne; Robert T. Marshall, professor emeritus of food science; Ingolf Gruen, chair of food science and associate professor of food chemistry; and Richard Lane, who established the Milton Bailey Graduate Support Fund. Bailey gave closing remarks.

Bailey and Richard Lane, who established the Milton Bailey, Graduate Support Fund.Bailey and Richard Lane, who established the Milton Bailey Graduate Support Fund.

The Milton E. Bailey graduate student support fund will support one or more annual scholarships awarded to students in CAFNR Food Science pursuing an advanced degree and conducting research designed to explore and evaluate the chemistry of flavor in foods or beverages for human consumption. The fund was established in 2012 by Richard and Vicki Lane. The fund’s goal is to endow a full graduate assistantship, continuing Bailey’s legacy in flavor chemistry at MU.

Please keep his vision going by giving online to the Bailey Graduate Student Support Fund.