Remembering Winifred Burks-Houck, NOBCChE's first female president
Winifred Burks-Houck earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Dillard University New Orleans, and a master's degree in organic chemistry from Atlanta University. She spent most of her career as an organic chemist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on environmental protection projects.
For NOBCChE, Burks-Houck was recognized for her efforts to actively establish the organization on the West Coast. She was the first chair of the San
Francisco Bay Area Chapter from 1984 to 1990, and organized numerous educational and professional development activities for the local community.
In 1991, Burks-Houck was elected national vice president of NOBCChE, a position she held until becoming president in 1993. She served for four consecutive terms until stepping down in 2001.
During her tenure as president, Burks-Houck expanded the organization to include many new professional and student chapters. She also developed a strong relationship between NOBCChE and ACS that has enhanced both organizations' outreach programs for minority chemists. Burks-Houck is survived by her husband, Morris Houck.
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