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Two to be Inducted into Wisconsin Meat Hall of Fame
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/28/2014

Bernard Peck and Marion Greaser will be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame this spring in Madison. The program aims to honor individuals for their lifetime contributions to the meat production industry.

Peck is a Milwaukee philanthropist who headed Peck Meat Packing Corporation, one of the nation's larger privately held meat processing companies. For over forty years, Bernie, who is the fourth generation in the family business, led their growth in Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley as one of America's larger privately owned meat processors. He developed a pioneering technology that resulted in the renowned Emmber's 'Lean N' Tender' product line for retail and foodservice channels in the U.S. Peck Meat Packing Corporation, which was sold in to Sara Lee in 1985. Bernie continued as Executive Vice President and COO before retiring two years later.

Dr. Greaser not only completed an impressive 42 year tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a preeminent muscle biologist and meat scientist, but he also earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UW. His work resulted in 169 refereed publications, 44 symposium and invited presentations, 14 book chapters, and a textbook. His early efforts led to the characterization and naming of the subunits of the regulatory protein troponin. Later in his career he made major contributions to understanding the structure and function of the giant protein titin, including a discovery of a mutation in rats that mimics human dilated cardiomyopathy. Dr. Greaser was an outstanding instructor and also served as a dedicated Director of the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory.

This year's nominees will be inducted during the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Livestock and Meat Council on May 1 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

The Hall of Fame program, which was created in 1993, is coordinated by and housed in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory.

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