The Passing of Dr. Robert Krieger

The Passing of Dr. Robert Krieger

9/21/2016 12:04 PM

We recently learned of the passing of Dr. Robert Krieger, Extension Toxicologist, Personal Chemical Exposure Program, University of California, Riverside.  The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) was privileged to work with Dr. Krieger who was responsible for the important analysis of the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program’s residue results.  That analysis provides the basis for the very popular calculator section of the safefruitsandveggies.com website.

In addition to the work on the USDA analysis, Dr. Krieger was always available whenever the AFF staff had questions about a new study or to explain complicated toxicology principles that our more simplistic minds couldn’t always readily grasp.  Sometimes these conversations were frustrating for Dr. Krieger and we would hear “you have to pay attention to what I’m telling you.”  We were always paying attention, but you see Dr. Krieger was “crazy smart” so what seemed like a simple concept to him, was definitely not always easy for us to comprehend.  But Dr. Krieger would take a breath and then patiently start explaining again and sooner or later we would understand.

Dr. Krieger is also credited with important work on examining methods to reduce pesticide exposure among farm workers.  This work began in the early 1990s.  Over the years you could often find Dr. Krieger out in the fields taking samples and working along with farmers and farm workers to improve and enhance pesticide safety.

Although he would sometimes be inpatient, Dr. Krieger was also very gracious and would go out of his way to say thank you for a kindness or thoughtfulness through a phone call or handwritten note.  A lost practice these days it seems. 

Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.  It is hard to believe we won’t ever hear “Bob Krieger here” on the other end of the phone line.  We learned so much from you Dr. Krieger and we will miss you.

You can read Dr. Krieger’s obituary here.

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