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Morton S. Hilbert

(from the University of Michigan)


Morton Shelley Hilbert was an environmentalist known for his affable demeanor and distinguished leadership, according to his colleagues. He was a distinguished academician and public health steward who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of thousands of people throughout the world.

"He will always be remembered at the school for his skillful leadership and contributions to public health," said Robert H. Gray, a colleague and professor of environmental-industrial health at the U-M School of Public Health.

In 1968, Hilbert and the U.S. Public Health Service organized an environmental conference for students to hear from scientists about the effects of environmental degradation on human health. This was the beginning of Earth Day. For the next two years, Hilbert and students worked to plan the first Earth Day. In the spring of 1970---along with a federal proclamation from U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson---the first Earth Day was held.

While Earth Day was only one of Hilbert's many accomplishments in the environmental arena, it clearly demonstrated his unique ability to channel the environmental concern of others toward constructive conclusions, his colleagues noted.

He touched the lives of thousands of people throughout the United States, Europe, U.S. Virgin Islands and Third World countries where he helped develop public sanitation systems and sanitary public health-care facilities.

For 18 years he was director of the Environmental Health Department for Wayne County (Detroit). In 1954, he helped to relocate 1 million refugees in Vietnam.

In 1961, he returned to the U-M as associate professor of environmental health. In 1968, Hilbert was appointed chairman of Environmental Health for the U-M School of Public Health. The department eventually became Environmental and Industrial Health, of which Hilbert was the first chairman.

Also in 1968, he served as a member of President Nixon's Task Force on Urban Problems. In 1975-76 he served as president of the American Public Health Association (APHA). While president, he emphasized the primacy of prevention which he believed had often been neglected among public health officials in favor of "corrective action."

After retiring from the U-M in 1986, Hilbert and his family moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Hilbert was director of the European Office of the National Sanitation Foundation. In 1992, he and his family moved to Bellevue, Wash.



From the Michigan Daily:

"He forever challenged his co-workers and students to think broadly," said Glenn Brown, a colleague of Hilbert at the Wayne County Department for Environmental Health.

Working in public and environmental health through most of his career, Hilbert was the first director of what is now the Wayne County Department for Environmental Health.

Brown remembers Hilbert as a "very forceful man with very sound ideas," who accomplished much in his field while working throughout Michigan, the United States and abroad.

Before coming to the University in 1961, Hilbert worked on solving several environmental and public health problems for Wayne County, helping to establish a solid waste incinerator in western Wayne County, and helping to formulate state legislation on solid waste, Brown said.

"He was able to work within the system to solve problems," said Sam Stock, another colleague at the Wayne County Department for Environmental Health.

While at the University, Hilbert studied water quality in Egypt, the effects of pesticides on Indonesian rice paddies, the use of sterilization of infant formula and the improvements of sanitation and water supplies in developing nations.

But Hilbert is best known for his work in helping to organize Earth Day, which started at the University in 1970. Hilbert "was into environmentalism early on," Stock said.

From its start at the University, Earth Day has grown into an annual national event promoting environmental awareness.

Before retiring from the University in 1987, Hilbert served as president of many national organizations such as the American Public Health Association and served at the University as chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on the University Affairs in 1984-85.

Moving to Belgium after his retirement from the University, he became director of the National Sanitation Foundation's European office. He moved to Washington in 1992.

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