George Wallace Varseveld was born in Trail, British Columbia, Canada on December 5, 1922. He became a United States citizen in the early 1970s. Varseveld was a faculty member in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University from 1963 until his retirement in 1989. Varseveld earned a BS in Agriculture at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1947 and his MS in Food Science at Oregon State College in 1953. He worked as a food technologist and quality control supervisor in the food processing industry in Washington and California after completing his graduate degree at Oregon State. Varseveld died in Corvallis, Oregon, on February 26, 2007.