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William Daniel Hillis

biology professor

William Daniel Hillis, French, American biology professor. Licence in medicine and surgery Maryland, Texas. Named Outstanding Professor, Baylor University, 1985; recipient Louis Livingston Seaman award, Association Military Surgeons United States, 1978, Distinguished Alumnus award, Baylor University, 1998, Collins Professor award, 2010, University Professor of Year award, Cornelia Marshall Smith, 2009.


Hillis, William Daniel was born on June 12, 1933 in Paris. Son of Charles Raymond Hillis and Carra Elizabeth (Daniel) Coffee.


Bachelor of Science, Baylor University, 1953. Doctor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 1957.


Assistant professor pathobiology Johns Hopkins University and School Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, 1965-1968, associate professor, 1968-1972. Assistant professor Johns Hopkins University School Medicine, 1972-1976, associate professor, 1976-1982. Professor, chairman department biology Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1982-1985, Cornelia Marshall Smith professor biology, 1985-1998, distinguished professor biology, since 1995, executive vice president, 1985-1989, vice president student affairs Texas, 1989-1998.

Consultant National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, 1965-1968, National Heart and Lung Institute, Bethesda, 1977-1982. Director Health Professions Research Training Program, Baltimore, 1979-1982, Out-Patient Clinical Research Center, Baltimore, 1975-1982.


  • Licence in medicine and surgery Maryland, Texas.


President Baptist Home Maryland, Baltimore, 1972-1981. Maryland representative executive committee Southern Baptist Convention, NAshville, 1977-1982. Board directors Food for Hungry, Glendale, California, 1972-1982, Caritas, Waco, Texas, chair, 1989-1995.

Colonel United States Air Force, 1960-1965, United States Air Force Reserve, 1965-1985. Member American Association Immunologists, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Society for Microbiology, New York Academy of Sciences, McLennan County Medical Society, Waco C. of Chamber (board directors 1987), Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa. Clubs: Johns Hopkins (Baltimore).


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, carpentry, stamp collecting/philately, music.


Married Argye Idell Briggs, December 23, 1952. Children: William Daniel Junior, David Mark, Argye Elizabeth Trupe.

Charles Raymond Hillis Coffee

Carra Elizabeth (Daniel) Coffee

Argye Idell Briggs

William Daniel Junior Hillis

David Mark Hillis

Argye Elizabeth Trupe Hillis