DAWSON -- Milan Frane Dubravcic (1922 - 2013) Professor Doctor Milan Dubravcic passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2013. The funeral service was held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Harvey Funeral Chapel in Dawson, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Stephanie. The two met at the Institute of Health in Zagreb, Croatia, where Milan was a young food science researcher and Stephanie was a medical librarian. In 1953, they fled the communist government of Yugoslavia to begin a new life in Australia. Ten years and four children later, they continued their journey in pursuit of a better life in Canada and the U.S. They took turns working and pursuing graduate degrees while raising their family in British Columbia, Massachusetts and Ohio.
Milan was a scholar, scientist and educator with a curious mind, a great attention to systematic inquiry, and a penchant for solving public health problems in practical ways. As a student of chemical engineering at the University of Zagreb, he worked with his professor to develop a radically new method for determining the iodine content of water. At that time, iodine in water was an important way for preventing the outbreak of goiter in developing nations. His method has since become the standard used throughout the world. As an industrial chemist in Australia, he developed a process to sterilize and preserve canned milk. As a graduate student in Massachusetts, he was a pioneer in the institutional application of the irradiation of food. His doctoral dissertation research on chemical changes to fish oil demonstrated that irradiation was a safe way to preserve canned fish. During his 20-year teaching career at the University of Akron in Ohio, he reached out to industry leaders to identify a curriculum relevant to the modern and evolving needs of local industry. As a result, the chemical technology program that he developed boasted a 97% job placement rate for its graduates into industrial positions. He retired in 1985, teaching as Professor Emeritus until 1991.
He remained active in his retirement in Sarasota, Florida, editing and publishing his father's memoirs. The work, iv Sam I Dobro Mi Je ("I'm Alive and Well," Otocac, Croatia 2002) is a first-hand documentary of the experiences of Austro-Hungarian Lieutenant Frane Dubravcic, who fought and survived on three separate fronts during WWI. Milan is survived by his daughter Elizabeth, stepdaughter Marie, sons Frank, Stephen and Milan, and grandchildren Ellie, Timothy, Zachary, Gregory, Marios and Nicholas.
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