Bill Pursley
Bill Pursley
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In Memoriam: Bill Pursley

Pursley, longtime vice president of food safety education at the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International, died on June 12 in Topeka, Kan. He was 75.

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June 16, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. – Bill Pursley, longtime vice president of food safety education at the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International, died on June 12 in Topeka, Kan. He was 75.

For nearly 32 years, Pursley led AIB International’s food safety audits and education business, helping food companies understand and manage food safety good manufacturing practices and prerequisite programs. After retiring from AIB in 2012 he worked as consultant.

Pursley received his master’s in grain science from Kansas State University, then joined the American Institute of Baking in 1975 as an inspector and worked in northeast U.S. and Canada. He later moved to AIB headquarters as program coordinator, then director of the audit services and started the Food Safety & Defense Educational Department. During this time, Pursley was instrumental in establishing offices or co-associations with many countries including Europe, Japan, Latin America and China.  

Pursley was also a leading educator, having conducted numerous training seminars and audits worldwide. He educated thousands of students about the important role they play in protecting the nation’s food supply.

Al Ct. Cyr, a longtime colleague of Pursley’s at AIB, share on LinkedIn that Pursley was “just as comfortable working with people on the plant floor as in the corporate board room. Bill had a unique ability to get to the core of an issue and come up with a solution. He was a gifted teacher and helped tens of thousands of people in the food industry understand their role in protecting the integrity of the food they work with. He will be missed.”

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Jamie’s Wish Foundation, or Manhattan Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 876, Manhattan, KS 66505.