Walter E. “Sonny” Farr Jr., on Oct. 30, 2015 passed away at the age of 77. A native of Houston, MS, Farr spent more than four decades engineering and patenting edible food oils and automotive biofuel processes. The long-time IOMSA member also co-authored multiple books on oilseed extraction.
Farr graduated in 1960 from Mississippi State University, Starkville, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in chemical engineering.
He began his career with Wesson ConAgra in Memphis, TN, where he served as a chemist and later as a refinery superintendent.
Farr then went on to work for ADM, Decatur, IL; Anderson Clayton & Company, Houston, TX; Kraft General Foods, Memphis, TN; Owensboro Grain Company, Owensboro, KY; and DeSmet Ballestra, Atlanta, GA.
During his time with Kraft Foods, he worked to develop high-shear mixing methods for the oilseed extraction process.
Farr also worked with De Smet Process and Technology, Inc. in Marietta, GA, before retiring in 2003.
Upon retirement, he founded the Farr Group of Companies in Memphis, TN.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Beasley Farr; son, Ralph; daughters, Cindy Hester and Kimberly Moffitt; and granddaughter, Caitlin Cyan Hester.