Helen LeBaron Hilton
known and admired Bev for many years. Her dedication to the important
issues of our time are an inspiration to all of us."
Alice McKee, 1994
LeBaron Hilton, the former dean emeritus of the Home Economics
College at Iowa State University, urged her graduates to follow
her example by involving themselves in public policy-making and
programs that would benefit families. Born in Morrisville, Vermont
in 1910, Hilton was a member of the National Committee for the
1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth and the U.S.
National Commission for UNESCO. During her 23-year tenure as
ISU Dean, Hilton directed a decade-long Home Economics Education
Project at Baroda University in India and, during this time,
was chosen to be the first president of the Association of Home
Economics Administrators. Hilton also lent her leadership skills
to state and local organizations, serving on the Governor's Commission
on the Status of Women and the Iowa Children's and Family Services
Board, besides being the first woman elected to the Ames City
Council. In 1980, the south wing of the Home Economics Building
at ISU was named for Hilton. Hilton was inducted into the Iowa
Women's Hall of Fame in 1983.
died in August of 1993. Prior to her death, she was honored with
the first Ames League of Women Voters Carrie Chapman Catt Award,
and the College of Family & Consumer Sciences honored her
as its first honorary alumna.