Carol Ann Masters Schiller

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Dec. 31, 1940 Ñ Dec. 4, 2009

Carol was born in St. Augustine, Fla., on Dec. 31, 1940, at her home. Her family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1942, where her father, Stacy R. Masters, was an electrician in the Brooklyn Navy Shipyard during World War II. Her mother, Mary Garrett Masters, taught in the Brooklyn public elementary schools for 20 years. Carol attended public school in Brooklyn at P.S. 241, Hudde Jr. High, and graduated from Midwood High School in 1958.

Carol received a bachelor of science degree in 1961 from Cortland College, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Phi sorority and the Dolphinotes synchronized swim team. She received a master of arts in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963. She taught chemistry and physics at Joel Barlow Senior High in West Redding, Conn., from 1963-64 and Jordan High School in Durham, N.C., from 1964-65.

Carol earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1970 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine from 1966 to 1970 and a research associate in the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition and the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill from 1971 to 1975. Her science research continued at the National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Carol became the 1st NIEHS female scientist to receive the federal government"s equivalent of tenure in 1977. Her seminal scientific research on dioxin (the highly toxic contaminant in Agent Orange) continues to be cited in scientific articles.

She was awarded a Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow to the United States Congress in 1985 by the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served as an adviser on environmental issues and legislation in the office of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey, from 1985 to 1986.

Carol earned a J.D. in 1984 from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where a law professor dubbed her "the Renaissance woman." In 1985 she became a board-certified toxicologist. Her law practice focused on environmental law and chemical cases. She was a partner in the Raleigh, N.C., law firm of Schiller & Schiller PLLC when she retired in 2004.

She was among the first group of women invited for membership in the Rotary Club of Raleigh and was a long-time Rex Hospital volunteer.

Carol battled with aplomb a rare neurological disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), for seven years.

The Carol Masters Schiller Distinguished Scholar of Neurology was established in 2008 at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill.

Surviving are husband, Marvin Schiller; son, David Garrett Schiller and wife, Kathryn Heilman Schiller; daughter, Stacey Schiller Little and husband, Brian Matthew Little; and grandsons, Noah Alexander Schiller, Mason Garrett Little and Wade Davis Little, all of Raleigh.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church, 4408 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, N.C. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Carol will be reunited with her parents at the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Loganville, Ga.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Carol Masters Schiller PSP Research Fund, UNC School of Medicine, P.O. Box 7025, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Arrangements are by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, N.C., and Tim Stewart Funeral Homes in Loganville, Ga.

Published in St. Augustine Record on Dec. 8, 2009
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