Hiltner, Phyllis Anne

Female 1941 - 2010  (69 years)


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  • Name Hiltner, Phyllis Anne 
    Born 18 Mar 1941  Toledo, Lucas County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Education Reed College, B.S.; Oregon State University, PhD. 
    Occupation Professor 
    Died 06 Sep 2010  Cleveland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1995  Kreider Moyer
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 

    Father Hiltner, William Albert,   b. 27 Aug 1914, At home in North Creek, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1991, Ann Arbor, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Kreider, Ruth Moyer,   b. 23 Apr 1916, Toledo, Lucas County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Feb 2011, Cleveland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Aug 1939  Reformed Church in Toledo, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Mar 1941 - Toledo, Lucas County, OH Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Kreider 50th Wedding Anniversary 1952
    Kreider 50th Wedding Anniversary 1952
    Standing in back, left to right: Al Hiltner, Beth Ziegler, 2 unknown, Virginia Ruggles Kreider, Henry Kreider, Jr., Edwin Allen Ziegler. Seated, left to right: Josephine Kreider Ziegler, Mary Elizabeth Moyer Kreider, Rev Henry Royer Kreider, Sr., Ruth Kreider Hiltner with her oldest son. Seated in front: 3 girls and Anne Hiltner on the right.
    Kreider, Henry and Elizabeth with their granddaughter, Anne Hiltner
    Kreider, Henry and Elizabeth with their granddaughter, Anne Hiltner

  • Notes 
    • http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2010/09/10/pioneering_engineer_professor_anne_hiltner_dies
      Anne Hiltner, Case Western Reserve?s first female professor of engineering and an internationally recognized scientist and engineer, died Monday after a courageous battle with illness. She was 69.

      ?Our campus has lost a remarkable academic leader,? President Barbara R. Snyder said. ?As a woman in the sciences and engineering, Professor Hiltner?s entire career served as an inspiration to others. As a researcher of extraordinary ingenuity and accomplishment, she transformed her field. Her impact on the university, and on students and colleagues worldwide, cannot be overstated. We will miss her.?

      Professor Hiltner came to the university in 1967, after earning a doctorate in physical chemistry from Oregon State University. She served as a research associate for one year with chemistry professor Irvin M. Krieger, and then joined the laboratory of professor Eric Baer, who was chairman of the Department of Macromolecular Science at the time. The connection with professor Baer proved fortuitous, as the pair forged a powerful scientific collaboration that persisted to the present. They also discovered personal compatibility, marrying in 1999.

      ?The dream of every faculty member is to try harder, harder,? Baer said. ?She always climbed mountains.?

      From the very beginning, Baer recalled, his colleague was committed to excellence. Whether working in the laboratory, writing papers or advising graduate students, Hiltner remained laser-focused. ?She was a projects person,? Baer said.

      In 1974, Hiltner became the university?s first female member of the engineering faculty when she became an assistant professor of macromolecular engineering. Seven years later she founded the Center for Applied Polymer Research (CAPRI), an organization that encouraged collaboration across disciplines and ultimately laid the groundwork for the program that she considered her greatest achievement, the awarding of a 10-year, $40 million National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (STC), the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS).

      The NSF received more than 160 applications for STC funding, and gave awards to six. CLiPS is the university?s first and only STC, and involves several other university partnerships nationwide as well as collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

      ?The STC made her feel she had reached to the top of Everest,? Baer said. ?She really reached the pinnacle of her career.?

      Over her career, Professor Hiltner published nearly 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and received multiple honors from professional scientific organizations. She was a Fellow of the American Chemical Society?s Division of Polymeric Materials, the American Institute for Medical Biological Engineering, and the High Polymer Physics Division of the American Physical Society.

      In 2001, Professor Hiltner was the recipient of the American Chemical Society?s Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering. In 2004, Case Western Reserve named her the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering. That same year, the Society of Plastics Engineers? Thermoplastic Materials and Foam Division presented Professor Hiltner its annual outstanding achievement award. In 2008, she received the American Chemical Society?s Award in Applied Polymer Science. In announcing the honor, the society cited Professor Hiltner?s ?pioneering contributions in understanding the connections between hierarchical structure and properties of polymers, their blends and composites.?

      Even with all of the recognition, Baer said, ?her greatest joy was her involvement with the graduate students. She loved the creative, productive side of her work.?

      Hiltner did not want formal remembrances or donations made in her name, Baer said. The greatest tribute others can make to Hiltner, he explained, is to continue her creative mission through their academic work.

      Posted by: David Wilson, September 10, 2010

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Ruth Hiltner interview.