Bruce Howard Hilliard

Bruce Howard Hilliard

Bruce Howard Hilliard was born on November 30, 1960 to Barney and Norberta (Arviso) Hilliard in Seattle, WA. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1979. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington (UW) in 1985.

He worked nine years as an engineering project manager for GTE and US West. He was committed to introducing students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to STEM educational and career opportunities. For over 25 years, Bruce led Blacks-in-Science in bringing thousands of children of color to the Ron McNair Camp-in at the Pacific Science Center. He served over 20 years as an Executive Board Member for the UW Seattle Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program. Following his passion for working with students, he earned his Master of Education degree from UW in 2002. Bruce left a lasting legacy on the UW campus and in the community as an academic coordinator in the UW Athletic Department where he worked helping numerous student athletes for over 14 years.

After a battle with prostate cancer, Bruce departed this life on August 9, 2013 surrounded by his family. To cherish his memory he leaves: his daughter, Jessica; two grandchildren, Demetri and Johonna; his parents, Barney and Norberta; four siblings, Rita, Jeffrey, Teri (James) and Tracy; three nephews, James III, Jalen and Brandon; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Bruce's life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 11:00a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church - 820 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Reception immediately following.

Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2013