Ronald K. Biskup Sr., 67, toxicologist for FDA

April 08, 2004

Ronald K. Biskup Sr., a retired federal Food and Drug Administration toxicologist, died of complications from lymphoma Friday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 67.

Born in Rochester, Pa., Mr. Biskup earned a premedical degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., and was a pitcher on its baseball team.

He entered the field of toxicology while serving in the Army at Edgewood Arsenal beginning in 1959.

He remained there until 1977, when he transferred to the FDA's Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

He was quality assurance director at FDA's offices in downtown Washington and later became acting director of its Parklawn building near Beltsville. He retired in 1995.

He was a food safety and lab procedures consultant through last year.

He enjoyed sports and was an avid tenpin bowler.

Services were held Tuesday at Churchville Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon.

Mr. Biskup is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Carol B. Lancaster; a son, Ronald K. Biskup Jr., and a daughter, Rhonda L. Biskup, both of Abingdon; and a brother, Dennis Biskup of Monaca, Pa.

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