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2023 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer

Gary List, D.Sc.

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Illinios, Urbana-Champaign

Gary List is a veteran of the US Army (1960-1963) and served as a technician at the US Army medical laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. The Secretary of Defense recognized his contributions with a commendation and a promotion to E-5. Mr. List worked for ARS for 44 years (1963-2007) at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory in Peoria, IL. The University of Illinois awarded Dr. List an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2011 in recognition for his research on soybean oil. His research has encompassed every phase of oilseed processing and edible fats and oils. Dr. List has 490 publications, including forty-five book chapters, and has edited eight books. He was the co-author of two publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He has contributed to four revisions of the standard fats and oils textbook “Baileys Industrial Oil and Fat Products”(1985, 1996, 2005, 2020). He has received the top awards in lipids, food, and agricultural chemistry from the American Oil Chemists Society, the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Chemical Society, and the European Federation Lipid Technology.

In 2006, the United Soybean Board honored Dr. List with a distinguished service award in recognition for his contributions to the soybean industry. He was selected as the Institute of Food Technologists (Chicago Section) Fred W. Tanner Lectureship Awardee and was the second bench chemist to receive the award in its 50 year history. The Minnesota Institute of Food Technologists section presented him the Harold Macy Award for Technology Transfer. Just two other ARS scientists have received the Macy Award since 1981. He has been active and served as a fellow in The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and The American Chemical Society (ACS). Service awards from AOCS include the Award of Merit and highest AR Baldwin Distinguished Service Award. He has given invited plenary lectures in Canada, Austria, China, Turkey, and Taiwan. Dr. and Mrs. List have four children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include military history and the history of the fats and oils industry. Both he and his wife are active in their local church and inner-city ministry. From 1989 to 2002 they were foster and adoptive parents to twenty children.

Sterling B. Hendricks (1902-1981)


The Sterling B. Hendricks Lecture was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks (1902-1981) and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture.

The Sterling B. Hendricks Lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy issue related to the chemical science of agriculture. The awardee will receive a $5,000 honorarium, an engraved plaque and medal. The also become part of a prestigious cohort of ARS Memorial lecturers, and are featured on the ARS website and social media platforms.


Nominations for the 2024 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial lecture are now open. To nominate a outstanding senior contributor in industry, university or government, please visit the nominations page.