School of Food Science

Remembering Lloyd Luedecke, Emeritus Faculty Member

Lloyd Luedecke, circa 2000 near the time of his retirement

Lloyd Luedecke, circa 2000 near the time of his retirement

Lloyd Luedecke passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 4, 2014. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimers two years ago and lived with his wife at a care center in Lewiston, ID.

Read his full obituary here.

Lloyd worked at WSU from 1962 until 2000 when he retired, and then worked another 12 years at the WSU Creamery. He taught and advised students in the School of Food Science for 39 years. Ended his career in teaching and research, but began a legacy that continues today through the students who work in the dairy and food industry and the on-going impact of research and extension programs.


May 2013-- Lloyd and Doris Luedecke at their marriage vow renewal celebration

May 2013– Lloyd and Doris Luedecke at their marriage vow renewal celebration

If you want to make a donation in Lloyd’s memory, there are two options available to you:

  1. The Undergraduate Food Science Activity Endowment Fund was established in honor of Lloyd and two other individuals. His wishes to continue to help students were met through this endowment that supports:
  • Undergraduate food science classes or Food Science Club field trips to observe food industry operations or support to attend professional meetings.
  • Support to bring in one or more outside speakers at Food Science Club meetings
  • Support of undergraduates participating in the Dairy Product Evaluation Team, the Dairy Product Development Team, and/or the Food Science College Bowl team.

2.  The Washington Milk Sanitarians Award (WA Association for Food Protection) which is already in the process of being re-named after Lloyd to the Washington Association For Food Protection/L. O. Luedecke Endowed Scholarship 

The Washington Association for Food Protection (WAFFP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting food safety through education, technology and collaboration.  Originally known as the “Washington Milk Sanitarians”, the organization became an affiliate of what is now known as the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) in 1951.  WAFFP invites all food safety-related professionals to join in efforts to protect the food supply.  WAFFP has been supporting students majoring in food science through the distribution of scholarships since 1982.

Dr. Lloyd O. Luedecke was an active member of WAFFP for over 40 years.  He joined the Washington Milk Sanitarians in 1962, the same year he became a faculty member at Washington State University.  Dr. Luedecke was honored many times during his career with excellence awards in teaching and advising.  His students and advisees genuinely loved him and trusted that he wanted only what was best for them.  During the years that he was a member of the Milk Sanitarians (which became the Washington Milk, Food & Environmental Association, which finally became WAFFP), Dr. Luedecke held many positions of leadership.  In 1999, Dr. Luedecke was recognized by WAFFP for his life-long achievements in food safety by inducting him into the “WAFFP Hall of Fame”.  He was also recognized by the IAFP in 2000 and 2003 and held an Honorary Life Membership award.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the endowed scholarship that has benefited dozens of students in the field of food science.  Through his encouragement, many of his students have become leaders within the food industry.  Upon his death on June 4, 2014, the scholarship was renamed to honor his memory as trusted friend, educator, mentor, and beloved colleague.

Gifts in memory of Lloyd Luedecke for the two WSU funds can be sent to CAHNRS Alumni and Friends, PO Box 646228, Pullman WA 99164.  Please write checks to Washington State University Foundation and in the memo put Food Science Activity Endowment (Luedecke) or WA Association for Food Protection (Luedecke).

Or donate online here:

Undergraduate Food Science Student Activity Endowment


Washington Milk Sanitarians Award (WA Association for Food Protection)


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