Donald Robert Kimball

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Title: Food Company Executive (Retired)
Location:  Loudon, Tennessee, United States 

Donald Robert Kimball, retired food company executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in food sanitation.

Growing up, Mr. Kimball spent the summers on his grandfather’s dairy farm. By the time he went to college, he had developed a strong interest in the dairy industry and knew that he wanted to commit his career to it. Upon graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in 1960, he became a registered professional in food sanitation so that he could become involved in the regulatory practices and make a positive impact on public health.

Mr. Kimball joined the Indiana Board of Health in its Division of Dairy Products in 1962. Over the next 25 years, he found success in several roles with the division, including milk sanitation rating officer, chief of milk sanitation and director. Reflecting on his time with the state, Mr. Kimball is proud to have helped eliminate the use of antibiotics in milk in Indiana. He is also credited with eliminating polychlorinated biphenyls out of the milk supply. In 1987, Mr. Kimball took the opportunity to serve as director of regulatory affairs for Dean Foods Co., one of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies in the dairy industry. While at Dean Foods CO., he also directed its farm relations for eight years. In total, he amassed 13 years of experience with the company before retiring in 2000.

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In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Mr. Kimball was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the Midwest Dairy Products Association and an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he was invited on multiple occasions to attend national and international conferences to keep up with new developments in food sanitation over the years. He is noted especially for his work with the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments, for which he was a part of the single service committee, the drug residue program review committee and the methods for making ratings committee. To remain at the top of his field, Mr. Kimball has held memberships with the International Association for Food Protection, the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Dairy Practices Council, the Illinois Food Safety Task Force and the Dairy Shrine. Looking ahead to the future, Mr. Kimball plans to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement.

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