CHICAGO — Gerard A. (Gerry) Degnan, a longtime executive in the grain-based foods industry, died July 29. He was 71 years old. A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Mr. Degnan began his career in the industry in 1974 as a sales representative with Universal Foods Corp. – Red Star Yeast Division. He was named area sales manager for the company in 1976. In 1981, he joined Archer Daniels Midland Co., and for nearly 20 years, Mr. Degnan was president of ADM Arkady, a producer of bakery enhancers, mixes and enrichment. Mr. Degnan left ADM in 2005 and joined Manildra Group USA as president. Mr. Degnan was active in industry affairs, most notably within the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry. He retired in 2015.