February 13, 2015

13/02/2015: In memory of Alan Bent, 1948 - 2014

First published in Milling and Grain, January 2015

It is with sadness that we record the death of Alan Bent. Alan was well known and respected in the Baking Industry, having served in a number of roles including research, plant management and teaching as well as professional consultancy.


Alan’s career began as a cereal technologist for the Tropical Products Institute. This was followed by several years of teaching in Liverpool, Birmingham and Salisbury. In 1987 Alan moved to the Bread Bakery department at FMBRA, Chorleywood until 1991. He then went on to an industrial post as technical manager at Golden West Foods.

In 1994 he returned to academic life as Senior Lecturer at South Bank University, later becoming Head of the London Food Centre. Here he supported both graduate and undergraduate students with care and enthusiasm. The external consultancy that Alan performed on behalf of the university was continued in a private capacity after he retired in 2008. In addition Alan offered his voluntary services to the British Standards Institute, where he became an active member.

Shortly after retirement and moving to Devon, Alan was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and although recognising the severity of his illness and undergoing many rounds of harsh treatment he remained stoical and upbeat throughout. Indeed, many of his friends and colleagues were unaware of his condition.

Alan leaves two children, a granddaughter and wife Sally who shared his enthusiasm for baking and created a biscuit making enterprise of which he was immensely proud.

Through his work and membership of professional organisations including the London Southeast Milling Society Alan gained the affection and respect of many.

Read the magazine HERE.

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