Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Phyllis
A. Brauner (1916-2000) and her steadfast dedication to the chemistry
community and to teaching chemistry to the public.
was born in Natick, MA, graduated from Walnut Hill School in Natick,
earned an A.B. in chemistry from Wheaton College in 1938, and
a M.A. in chemistry from Wellesley College in 1940. She was an
instructor at Northeastern University and then at Swarthmore College.
1948, after the untimely death of her husband on an Air Force
mission, Phyllis left Philadelphia and brought her two young daughters
back to the Boston area. She earned the Ph.D. from Boston University
in 1959 and was a professor at Simmons College for 34 years.
interested in travel and other cultures, she took sabbaticals
in Switzerland and Sweden, joined a People to People
program to Russia and Europe, took part in the first goodwill
trip of the ACS to China, joined Earthwatch expeditions to the
USSR, Poland, and Rarotonga.After retiring from Simmons, she taught
in Japan and Guam before becoming a lecturer at Framingham State
her long career in Boston, Phyllis was extremely active in the
Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. In 1974,
she was the first woman to preside in the chairmanship of the
section. She was also a Member of the Board of Directors, a member
and/or chairman of numerous committees, a Councilor of the section,
a Trustee, and an Editor of The Nucleus. She was among the prime
organizers of chemical events, such as the ACS Night at
the Pops and the Summer Thing annual outing.In
1985, she received the Henry A. Hill Award for Outstanding Service
to the NESACS.
sense of adventure, scientific curiosity, and passion for teaching
were evident in all aspects of her life.