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Boering appointed first holder of Templeton Chair

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September 20, 2011

David and Lieselotte Templeton
Professor Emeritus David H. Templeton and Lieselotte J. “Lilo” (Kamm) Templeton.

Chemistry professor Kristie Boering has been appointed the first holder of the Lieselotte and David Templeton Endowed Chair in Chemistry. She will hold the chair for five years.

The chair was funded by Professor Emeritus David H. Templeton (Ph.D. ’47, Chem), in honor of his wife and collaborator Lieselotte J. “Lilo” (Kamm) Templeton (B.S. ’46, Ph.D. Chem).

Lieselotte Templeton earned three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley — a B.A. in Humanities (1940), a B.S. in Chemistry (1946) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1950). During her academic career she became an influential force in the field of crystallography. Lilo passed away in October 10, 2009.

David Templeton received a B.S. in 1941 from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1947 from Berkeley. He joined the college faculty in 1947. Templeton was known for his work on X-ray crystallography, structures of complex salts and the scattering of X-rays. He served as Dean of the College of Chemistry from 1970–1975, a tumultuous time on the campus when his diplomacy, skill and a sense of fairness helped him complete his five years successfully. He passed away on May 22, 2010.

The Templetons received the A.L. Patterson Award in 1987 for using X-ray diffraction to determine crystal structures of large, complex molecules—a field of work they continued to pursue well into their 80s.

David and Lilo were married for 61 years. Driven by a passion for science and an equal desire to raise a family, the Templetons overcame barriers typical of the time, and were able to work actively in the sciences for nearly six decades while raising their children. It is the Templeton family’s desire to continue to help pave the way for faculty members who are managing the demands of an academic career while simultaneously raising a family.

Says Boering, “It is a great honor to be the first holder of the Templeton Chair. The full lives that Lilo and David led are truly inspirational and an integral part of the history and evolution of the College of Chemistry.”

More Information

Kristie Boering Faculty webpage: http://chem.berkeley.edu/faculty/boering

Boering Group Research: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/kabgrp