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Man Who Help Invent Instant Cream of Wheat Dead At 65

September 16, 1986

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Franklin L. Sorensen Jr., who helped invent Instant Cream of Wheat, has died at the age of 65.

Sorensen, a food chemist who did the basic research leading to the introduction of the hot breakfast cereal in 1958, died Sunday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center after a long illness.

Instant Cream of Wheat was one of the first instant cereals in the country, said his wife, Mary Hart, a food writer for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.

″He was very proud of (his discovery) and so was I,″ Ms. Hart said, ″it cooked in a lot less time than regular Cream of Wheat and came along when women were wanting to spend less time in the kitchen.″

Sorensen, former head of the Cream of Wheat Corp.’s lab, also was in charge of quality control there. The Cream of Wheat Corp. was acquired by Nabisco Corp. in the 1960s.

Besides his wife, Sorensen is survived by his son, a sister and three grandchildren.

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