CONTACT: MICHAEL SONDERGARD
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Dr. Lloyd Filer, UI pediatrician and researcher, dies at 77
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Lloyd Jackson Filer Jr., M.D., professor emeritus
of pediatrics at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and UI Hospitals
and Clinics and an internationally known and respected pediatric nutritionist,
died Saturday, Feb. 1, at UIHC after a short illness.
Filer, 77, spent more than 50 years in nutrition research, pioneering important
advances in infant nutrition and growth, including such well-known infant
formula products as Similac with Iron and aspartame, the artificial sweetener.
Born a child of the Depression, he was a product of the Pennsylvania coal
fields who, in his own words, "begged, borrowed, and stole" his
way through graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh.
He graduated from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and
Dentistry in 1952. After a residency in pediatrics, he spent the next 13 years
serving part time on the faculty at Ohio State University and full time with
Ross Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, where he played a leadership role in
developing Similac with Iron.
He subsequently joined the UI faculty in 1965, where he led research efforts
that resulted in the high-intensity sweetener, aspartame. His career in nutrition
research spanned more than 50 years. He received many awards, including the
1988 Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which he shared
with Dr. Eckhard Ziegler, UI professor of pediatrics.
He and Dr. Ziegler co-authored the seventh edition of the internationally
used reference text, Present Knowledge in Nutrition, (ILSA, Washington D.C.,
1996), first published in 1953.
Services for Dr. Filer are pending.