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Walter A. Hill

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Agricultural Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige, Brown
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
To God be the glory.

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1946
Birth Location:
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Agricultural Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige, Brown
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
To God be the glory.

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1946
Birth Location:
New Brunswick
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Biography

Agricultural engineer Walter A. Hill was born on August 9, 1946 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His mother was a school teacher, and his father, a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Hill’s high academic performance in high school earned him a scholarship to attend Lake Forest College in Illinois, where he received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1968. He continued his studies on a Ford Foundation fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he received his M.A. degree in chemistry in 1970. Hill went on to earn his M.S. in soil chemistry at the University of Arizona in 1973, and his Ph.D. degree in agronomy and environmental chemistry from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture in 1978.

Upon receiving his M.A. degree, Hill spent several years teaching chemistry and general science in the Chicago Public School system. Following the completion of his Ph.D. degree, Hill moved to Alabama to teach soil science at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). There, he encouraged his students to engage in research projects, and, in 1980, his teaching was honored when he was named a Danforth Associate. Hill has served in several positions at Tuskegee, including director of 1890 Land Grant Research and Extension Programs, the George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station, founder and director of the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center and project director of the Wal-Mart Foundation-sponsored Sustainable Agriculture Consortium for Historically Disadvantaged Farmers. In 2012, Hill was appointed dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment & Nutrition Sciences at Tuskegee University.

Hill has authored journal articles, books and academic conference proceedings on plant-environment relationships for sustainable agriculture and advanced life support systems, and on small and historically disadvantaged farmer and rural community development at. In 2008, he served as the co-editor of Access & Equity Issues in Agricultural & Rural Development. Hill has also been active in the local farming community. He is founder and co-leader of the Alabama Agricultural Land Grant Alliance, and the Black Belt Family Farm Fruit & Vegetable Marketing and Innovation Center. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Lake Forest College.

Walter Andrew Hill was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 15, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill talks about his father's family and his ministry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Walter A. Hill talks about his father's growing up and education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Walter A. Hill talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Walter A. Hill describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Walter A. Hill talks about his interest in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Walter A. Hill talks about his interest in science growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Walter A. Hill talks about his high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Walter A. Hill talks about his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill talks about growing up in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill talks about his decision to attend Lake Forest College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill talks about his experience at Lake Forest College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Walter A. Hill talks about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Walter A. Hill talks about his experience at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Walter A. Hill talks about the importance of groups
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Walter A. Hill talks about his experience teaching in Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill talks about his developing interest in agriculture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill talks about his experience at the University of Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill talks about his mentors at the University of Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Walter A. Hill talks about his decision to pursue his Ph.D. degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Walter A. Hill talks about his decision to join the faculty at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Walter A. Hill talks about his experience at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Walter A. Hill talks about Tuskegee University's science funding
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill talks about Tuskegee University's department of agriculture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill talks about George Washington Carver's impact on the agriculture department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill talks about his research with sweet potatoes - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Walter A. Hill talks about his research with sweet potatoes - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Walter A. Hill talks about the politics of farming - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Walter A. Hill talks about the politics of farming - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill talks about the politics of farming - part three
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill talks about the politics of farming - part four
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill talks about his students at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Walter A. Hill talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Walter A. Hill talks about his volunteer activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Walter A. Hill talks about the Southern Food Systems Education Consortium
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Walter A. Hill talks about his graduate students
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Walter A. Hill reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Walter A. Hill reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Walter A. Hill talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Walter A. Hill talks about how he would like to be remembered