Emil Corwin, who retired at age 96 from the Food and Drug Administration as the oldest federally employed public affairs officer, died of cardiac arrest March 15 at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 107.
Mr. Corwin, who began his career in the 1920s as a journalist in Massachusetts, joined the FDA in 1974, when he was 70. He flirted with retirement four years later but returned to his desk after a week away from work. He was quick to point out that his sons retired before he did.
As an FDA spokesman, Mr. Corwin immersed himself in public health issues and was never bored with his work, his family said.
According to a 2003 interview with FDA Consumer magazine, Mr. Corwin expertly handled questions involving spider eggs in bubble gum, rat poison in toothpaste and earthworms in hamburgers.
When he retired in 1999, Mr. Corwin was invited to the White House by President Bill Clinton for a ceremony honoring his long government career.