CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Paul Iams, a onetime dog food salesman who developed the premium Iams line of pet foods, died Oct. 26 in Chappaqua, N.Y. He was 89.
Mr. Iams died of complications from a broken hip, said his daughter Barbara Iams Korein.
Mr. Iams started the Iams Food Co. at a feed mill in Tipp City, Ohio, in 1946, after working for several years as a dog food salesman for a grain company. He moved his company to Dayton and sold it to
Among his products were Iams Plus, one of the first meat-based dog foods, and Iams Chunks for adult dogs.
In 1987, the Iams Co. opened the Paul F. Iams Technical Center, a nutritional research center in Lewisburg, Ohio.
Born in Dayton, Mr. Iams graduated from Ohio State University in 1937. He served in the Navy during World War II.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Iams leaves another daughter, Carrie Terada; a son, Paul Jr.; a sister, Nancy Egbert; and seven grandchildren.
His wife, Jane, died in 1996.