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Victor Mills, 100, father of disposable diapers, dies

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The father of disposable diapers, Victor Mills, died last week at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 100.

Mills spent 35 years as a chemical engineer for Procter & Gamble Co. and had a hand in creating or improving products ranging from Ivory soap to the stacked potato wafers, Pringles.But disposable diapers may have made the most dramatic impact on consumers, The New York Times reported Friday in his obituary.

Pampers, devised by Mills' team and introduced by P&G in 1961, made the diaper pail and diaper service a memory for many by the end of the 1960s.

Currently, disposable diapers, such as Pampers and Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s Huggies, are a nearly $4 billion annual market and account for 95 percent of all U.S. diaper changes.

Mills was born in Milford, Neb., in 1897.