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Clifton Keith Hillegass

Clifton Keith Hillegass, American publisher. Recipient Alumni Achievement award Midland Luthern College, Fremont, 1986, Distinguished Service award Kearney State College, 1988, Pathfinder award Fremont Area Art Association, 1989, Sower award Lincoln Foundation, 1989.


  • Hillegass, Clifton Keith was born on April 18, 1918 in Rising City, Nebraska, United States. Son of Pearl Clinton and Rosena Christina (Dechert) Hillegass.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska, 1937. Graduate student, University Nebraska, 1939. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Nebraska Weslyan University, 1988.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kearney State College, 1990.


    • With Nebraska Book Company, Lincoln, since 1939, manager wholesale division, 1946-1964, consultant, from 1964. Founder, president Cliff's Notes, Inc. (study aids), Lincoln, 1958-1983.

      Chairman Cliff's Notes, Inc., from 1983.


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Member Nebraska Centennial Commission, 1967. Board directors Bryan Memorial Hospital, 1967-1971. Secretary board governors Nebraska Wesleyan University.

    Member awards and grants committee University Nebraska Foundation Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member Newcomen Society, Nebraska Art. Association, Knights of Malta.


    • Married Mary D. Patterson, April 17, 1968. Children: James C., Linda L., Diane (Mistress Michael Nolan), Kimberly M.
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    Died May 5, 2001
    (aged 83)
    • 1937
      Midland College
    • 1939
      University Nebraska
    • 1988
      Nebraska Weslyan University
    • 1990
      Kearney State College
    • 1946 - 1964
      With Nebraska Book Company
      Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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