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Scott Chilton, professor of botany, dies in August

Dr. Scott Chilton
Dr. Scott Chilton, a well-traveled expert in medicinal plants and the history of their cultural uses, created an endowment in the College to support undergraduate research activities.
(Photo by Herman Lankford)
Dr. William Scott Chilton, 70, professor in the Department of Botany in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died suddenly in August, while hiking on Mount Adams in Washington state. A natural products chemist, Chilton had served on the faculty at N.C. State since 1983. In 1987 Chilton received the Graduate Students' Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Botany Graduate Program. In recent years he taught a popular undergraduate class in medicinal plants. Upon his 2003 retirement from the Botany Department, he established the Chilton Undergraduate Research Endowment in the College to support research experiences for undergraduate students and to encourage students to become actively involved in research early in their academic careers.

He and his wife, Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton, personally supported numerous students both financially and academically over the years, including housing some students in their home, which they referred to as "the Chilton Hilton."

Chilton received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Duke University in 1955, was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany from 1955 to 1956 and earned his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1963. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1959. He taught at the University of Washington-Seattle and Washington University in St. Louis, before coming to N.C. State.

Chilton was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, American Society of Plant Physiologists, American Society of Pharmacognosy, American Chemical Society and North American Mycological Society.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chilton Undergraduate Research Endowment and sent to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc., NCSU, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC  27695-7645. For information, call (919) 515-7678.

-Terri Leith