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Donald W. Hillger (B.S. 1973)


After graduation I attended Colorado State University and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science.

I am currently at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch in Fort Collins, CO. I'm an avid postage stamp collector and have published numerous articles about various topics on those stamps. I'm currently the Acting Branch Chief for a group of NOAA meteorologists stationed at Colorado State University. One of my favorite memories was the two years I was in charge of the weather map facsimile machine, maintaining it and displaying the weather maps on a wall in one of the rooms on the NE corner of the Physics building. I did this for Professor Homer Mantis, but worked in the center of the building where all the scientific experiments were set up for the surrounding classrooms. I particularly enjoyed the Astrophysics courses that I took at the U of M, even though I did not pursue a career in Astronomy.