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Hills Endow Professorship At Clarkson
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A generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill of Hammond, N.Y., has established the Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University. The $1-million endowment was created through the gift from the Hills and matching funds designated from the University's $30-million gift received from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation last year. Robert Hill is a native of Canton, N.Y.
The Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship will provide resources to support an exceptional faculty member in mechanical engineering. The individual selected will demonstrate excellence in teaching and research in the area of colloid science applied in mechanical engineering, a commitment to student learning and achievement, and a commitment to the use of technology for the betterment of mankind.
My education at Clarkson gave me a great start, said Robert Hill. "I've always had fond memories of the place, and I wanted to do what I could to help out the institution."
Clarkson's Provost and President-elect Anthony G. Collins explained that an endowment has lasting value: "The Hills are loyal friends of Clarkson and have supported the institution in an enduring way. This professorship will enable experiential learning and high quality research to be part of the fabric of Clarkson forever."
Robert Hill grew up in Canton and graduated from Clarkson in 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to attending Clarkson, he served in Europe and the Philippines in World War II. He pursued a successful career in engineering, including positions at GTE, now Verizon. Mildred Hill is a graduate of Syracuse University's School of Nursing.
The $30-million gift from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to Clarkson includes matching funds designated for endowed professorships, in order to encourage other private gifts for this purpose. The Hill Professorship is the first endowed professorship to be created using these matching funds.