Leonard William Aurand, 94, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, December 1, 2014. He was born at Shamokin Dam, PA, the son of J. Wilson Aurand and Esther (Weissinger) Aurand. He attended the Public Schools of Mt. Carmel, PA. Len graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry in 1941. He was called to duty by the U.S. Navy and served as a line officer aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chester in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned 8 battle stars.
After leaving the Navy, he returned to his graduate studies and earned a M.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire (1947) and a Ph. D degree from Pennsylvania State University (1949). Following his graduation, he joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in the Department of Dairy Science. Dr. Aurand was a founding team member of the Department of Food Science where he taught Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition. He retired from NCSU in January 1988 as Professor Emeritus in Food Science. He was a member of many professional organizations and honorary fraternities including the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Nutrition, Institute of Food Technologist, American Dairy Science Association, Alpha Zeta, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Xi, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Tau, and Phi Tau Sigma. He also served as a consultant on nutrition to the governments of Chile, Bolivia and Guatemala.
Len was a member of Fairmont United Methodist Church and was very active at all levels of the Methodist Church. He was also active in numerous service organizations including Gardeners of Wake County, Optimist Club of Raleigh and Drug Action of Wake County. He was a master Mason of the Blue Lodge
Len was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Eleanor Nichols Aurand. He is survived by his children Rebecca Newton (Wallace), Durham, NC; Dr. Thomas J. Aurand (Kay), St. Paul, MN; Sarah J Anderson (Ken), Mechanicsville, VA; grand children Lisa Newton Granger, G. William Newton, T. Christopher Aurand, Kyle N. Aurand, Kenneth J. Anderson, Carl L. Anderson; great grandchildren Gabrielle, Graham and Grace Granger; Saya and Mei Newton; Kenneth, Isobel and Rowan Anderson; and Ella and Joy Anderson. Preceding him in death was his granddaughter Stephanie Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at Fairmont Methodist Church on January 18, 2015 at 3:00 with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall at Fairmont Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leonard W. Aurand Scholarship Endowment, N.C. State Agricultural Foundation, Inc., Raleigh, NC 27695-76