It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Morton Sosland, who led Sosland Publishing Company for several decades. He died at age 93. Mr. Sosland was returning to Kansas City April 25 from a Continental Grain Co. board of directors meeting in New York and was stricken while riding home. He died soon afterward at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Food Business News reports.
We have lost a great champion for milling sector. After graduation from Harvard University, Mr. Sosland joined Sosland Publishing Company in 1947. Active as a publisher and editor for most of his 72 years with the company, he also created and wrote much of the editorial page for several of the company magazines, including World Grain and Food Business News.
In 1972, Mr. Sosland was at the center of national news when The Southwestern Miller broke the story of the Soviet Union’s huge purchases of grain from the United States. The Russian Wheat Deal, together with the Arab oil embargo a year later, proved a watershed moment for the U.S. and the global economy. With detailed and precise secret information provided over several months by a mysterious source, Mr. Sosland’s tantalizing role in breaking the news attracted great attention from the national media.
For many years, Mr. Sosland was a frequent speaker before industry groups, primarily analyzing developments within various grain-based sectors — grain, flour milling and baking — and often looking thoughtfully toward future prospects.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to World Grain team.