S. Allen Heininger Wins the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award

January 22, 2007 - Washington DC

From Chemical & Engineering News. January 22, 2007, p. 47

by Rachel Pepling

Service to the community takes on many forms, as the 2007 awardee for the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, S. Allen Heininger, demonstrates.

Heininger, 81, has served his community as an alderman and a police commissioner, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, helped create the Council for Chemical Research, served on the board of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and acted as president of the Industrial Research Institute. Currently, he is a trustee of the Science Center in St. Louis and an active church participant. "If I happen to have some capability and someone's foolish enough to think they'd like to have me involved, I generally tend to say 'yes,' " Heininger says.

At the American Chemical Society, Heininger contributed greatly, not only as ACS president but also during his nine years on the Budget & Finance Committee and 15 years on the Pension & Investment Committee. "My interest in chemistry and my concern for the field of chemistry and the advancement of it led me into active service for ACS," he says.

"It's quite an honor, [as I realize] when I go back and look at some of the prior recipients," says Heininger about receiving the Parsons Award. "I wonder about the wisdom of ACS in having picked me for it."

On a more serious note, Heininger explains that service to others is important to him. "Community service is an absolutely critical concept, commensurate with each individual's personal skills and knowledge," he says. "Human beings are most effective when we not only satisfy our own needs and desires but also serve others."...

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