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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.


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, Nebraska Book Company, 1946-1964;consultant, Nebraska Book Company, since 1964;founder, president, Cliff's Notes, Inc. (study aids), Lincoln, 1958-1983;chairman, Cliff's Notes, Inc., since 1983.


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.

Pearl Clinton Hillegass

Rosena Christina (Dechert) Hillegass

Mary D. Patterson

James C. Hillegass

Linda L. Hillegass

Diane Hillegass (Mistress Michael Nolan)

Kimberly M. Hillegass