Evalyn Hornig

Hanover, N.H. — Evalyn Hornig died Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, at Kendal after a long illness, with family by her side. Evalyn was born Evalyn Ruth Ortelt in 1923, in Beaver Falls, Pa. As a child, she had interests in music and excelled academically. She attended Hiram college in Ohio, where she was one of the few woman chemistry majors. She went on to earn a masters degree in chemistry from Mt. Holyoke college in 1948. She then taught chemistry at Sophie Newcomb college in New Orleans, now a part of Tulane University.

Evalyn returned to her studies in 1950 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for her PhD in chemistry. It was here she met James Hornig, and they were married in 1952. These were very productive years for the family, resulting in two PhD degrees and a baby, David, born in 1954. In fall 1954, they left for a year in Marburg, Germany, where Jim had a post-doctoral fellowship.

Two more children followed. Douglas was born in 1958 while the family lived in Delaware and Jim worked at Dupont, then Linda was born in 1960 while Jim taught at the new University of California Riverside campus. In Riverside Evalyn conducted research at the UCR Citrus Experiment Station, applying the new technique of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to studies of the structure of natural molecules.

In 1962, the family moved to Hanover, where Jim joined the chemistry department at Dartmouth. Evalyn taught chemistry briefly, then became Associate Director of the office of Undergraduate Pre-professional and Career Advising, a post she held until her retirement. She specialized in advising students interested in medicine and law, and assisted students applying for Rhodes and Marshall fellowships. She was devoted to women’s education and career advancement.

Beyond devotion to family and career, Evalyn loved traveling. She and Jim enjoyed sailing and exploring many different parts of the world. Jim particularly appreciated her help managing the Dartmouth foreign study semesters in Kenya.

Evalyn is survived by James, her devoted husband of 61 years; son, David of Oakmont, Pa., son, Douglas of Hanover (wife, Rebecca Spiegel, daughter Claire Hornig); and daughter, Linda of Pownal Maine (husband, Peter Woodrow).

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations may be made to the Evalyn Hornig Undergraduate Research Fund in the department of chemistry at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, or to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.