Louis Galliker, 87, died Dec. 17 in Westmont, PA. After earning a degree in dairy science from Pennsylvania State University, Galliker began his dairy industry career as salesman for Philadelphia Dairy Products. He later joined Galliker Dairy Company in Johnstown, PA, which his grandfather originally purchased in 1914. After working in the family business for 10 years, Galliker succeeded his uncle, William Galliker, as chairman and president of Galliker Dairy. He led the company for 53 more years, coming into the office just a week before his passing. During that time, he turned the family business into one of Pennsylvania’s largest dairy operations, processing and distributing ice cream, milk and other beverages throughout the eastern US with a staff of over 350 employees. Galliker was a member of the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers and the Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers. He previously served as president of Quality Chek’d, and earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985 from Penn State. In 2010, Galliker was named an Alumni Fellow by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Science.
Jerrold “Jerry” Meissner, 67, of Chili, WI, died Dec. 13. Meissner’s dairy roots trace back to his family’s dairy farm, Norm-E-Lane, in Marshfield. He also supported Wisconsin’s dairy industry through involvement with the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. Another cause close to his heart was the National Farm Medicine Center.