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1998 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: June 12, 2009

Philip G. Keeney '55 Ph.D. Dairy Science
Philip Keeney

Philip Keeney

Philip G. Keeney his doctoral degree in dairy science from the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1955 and was on the Penn State faculty from 1955 until being named professor emeritus in 1985. Once dubbed the "Emperor of Ice Cream" by People magazine, Keeney is an internationally known authority on ice cream, chocolate, and confections. Keeney was instrumental in developing the food science program at Penn State in 1968. A Penn State Creamery ice cream flavor was named after him--"Keeney Beany," a chocolate-based ice cream with specks of vanilla beans. Keeney still helps teach the ice cream short course he directed for thirty years.