Alexander Astrack

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ASTRACK, Alexander 94, of St. Petersburg, passed away at home on April 18, 2011, surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Lawrence, MA, Mr. Astrack was a decorated veteran having served in WWII under General Patton's Third Army, 28th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroic Achievement in the Battle of Bastogne. He also fought courageously in the Battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes. He was founder and former chairman of Astral Extracts, Ltd., Syosset, NY, a basic manufacturing supplier to the Flavor and Fragrance Industry. A recognized expert in the food industry, he graduated from the New York Institute of Dietetics and began his career as Assistant Director of Research for Electronized Chemical Corporation. He authored many articles related to the ionizing radiation sterilization of foods published in Fortune, Chemical and Engineering Reporter magazines. His accomplishments were noted in Who's Who in Science in 1947. After leaving Electronized Chemical Corp., he founded the Alexander Astrack Company, which supplied ingredients to the flavor and fragrance industries. He made numerous contributions to the industry. He was instrumental in introducing and marketing di-sodium Inosinate and di-sodium Guanylate, as well as mono sodium glutamate made in Japan, and introduced natural fish extracts to the American market. In 1965, Mr. Alexander was awarded the Industry of Finance Medal by Mr. Nozaki, Finance Minister of Japan, for his efforts in introducing Japanese ingredients to the U.S. Flavor Industry. Mr. Astrack was President of the New York Institute of Food Technologies during 1967-68 and served on the Board of Directors of the local section from 1953-1975. He also served as Counselor of the National Institute of Food Technologists from 1962-1977. He was an active member of numerous industry organizations including FEMA and IFEAT. After the Alexander Astrack Company was sold, Astral Extracts was formed in the late '70's, becoming a primary source for basic manufacturing ingredients. He remained active in the industry both domestically and internationally until the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cynthia Astrack; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathie & Bill Longo of Tarrytown, NY; a sister, Frances McCann of Morristown, NJ; two nieces, Tina Grossmann DePaz of Ormond Beach, and Mary McCann of Minneapolis, MN; five nephews, Nicholas Conroy of New Smyrna Beach, Scott Conroy of Jacksonville, Dr. Oscar DePaz of Gainesville, Peter McCormack of Kenvil, NJ, and Ted McCormack of Olympia, WA. He was devoted not only to his career, his family, and his friends, but to his country. He shall be missed by all who knew him. To view full obituary and service information or to sign the guestbook, visit Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers - Tyrone Chapel St. Petersburg

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 21, 2011