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Hill, Carl McClellan

(born: July 27, 1907  -  died: April 4, 1995) 

Carl M. Hill was president of Kentucky State College, 1962-1975. He added four undergraduate departments, a graduate school, and a special Black Collection to the library. Under his leadership, the school became Kentucky State University.

Hill had one of the longest Kentucky State University presidential tenures. The Carl M. Hill Student Center is named in his honor. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Hill was a chemist, (he had been a chemistry professor at North Carolina A&T University and Dean of the chemistry school at Tenneessee State University).

During his lifetime, Hill published 52 research papers, co-authored textbooks, and was a chief investigator on chemical research studies. His memberships included the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Institute of Chemists, to name a few.

Hill earned B.Sc. degree in organic chemistry from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and his M.Sc. organic chemistry degree and doctorate from Cornell University

Hill, from Norfolk, VA, was the son of Sarah Roe and William Franklin Hill [source: Virginia Select Marriages]. In 1927 he married Mary E. Elliot,  a chemistry professor at Kentucky State University during her husband's tenure as president. Carl Hill was married to his second wife, Helen Collins Hill, when he passed away in 1995.

For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; and Dr. Hill's obituary and photograph at the Peninsula Genealogy website. 

Additional information about Dr. Hill's background as a chemist was suggested by Dr. Allison Soult at the University of Kentucky.

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