A family history of education in the Department of Chemistry is being honored by an endowment from Dr. Kathy Dien Hillig and Dr. Kurt W. Hillig, II. Their gift of $100,000 will establish the Hillig Chemistry Graduate Student Endowed Fellowship Fund, which will provide merit-based support for students enrolled in the Department of Chemistry who are pursuing graduate degrees with an emphasis on Analytical or Physical Chemistry.

Two generations of Hilligs have earned degrees from the UM Department of Chemistry. Kurt’s parents are graduates, as are Kurt and Kathy.  Dr. Beth E. Cook Hillig, received her B.S. 1944, her M.S. in 1946 and her Ph.D. in 1949. Dr. William B. Hillig, received his B.S. 1944, his M.S. in 1948 and his Ph.D. in 1954. Both were students of Kasimir  Fajans.

Kurt, a student of Robert Kuczkowski, finished his Ph.D. in 1981, and Kathy received her Ph.D. in 1983, working with Michael Morris.

Kurt and Kathy got together with Professors Morris and Kuczkowski in a celebratory lunch recently in Ann Arbor.