December 9, 2015 | The United States rendering industry is mourning the passing of one of its greatest members, Dr. Fred D. Bisplinghoff, who was affectionately known as “Dr. Fred.” He passed away from complications of pneumonia on December 7, 2015.
Bisplinghoff graduated from the University of Missouri in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in animal nutrition and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He was a large-animal practitioner until 1956 when he joined Faber Industries, an Illinois rendering company with six plants. He served as general manager for the company’s animal feed, solvent extraction, and fat and protein blending operations until 1959 when he became executive vice president managing all rendering operations. After Faber was purchased by National By-Products in 1965, Bisplinghoff assumed responsibility for all former Faber facilities, which included a barge terminal and hide operations. At the time of his retirement from National By-Products in 1985, he had supervised all of the company’s operations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and eastern Missouri, and had served in many rendering association positions, including as NRA president in 1971-1972.
After retiring, Bisplinghoff consulted for Holly Farms Poultry and simultaneously filled three positions in rendering associations for five years, including president and technical director of the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (1988-1993), director of NRA Scientific Affairs (1988-1993), and president of the Animal Protein Producers Industry (APPI) (1983-1993). From 1993 to 2006 he consulted for 11 rendering companies and was a contributing author on The Original Recyclers book published by NRA in 1996.
Bisplinghoff was honored in late October with the National Renderers Association Don Franco Distinguished Service Award for his meritorious service to the rendering industry.
Funeral services for Dr. Fred will be held December 11, 2015, Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33907, (239) 344-7110. More information is available here.