In Memoriam: Tonya Martinez-Hilton (1969-2011)

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By Greg Brenn

The Union campus remembers the legacy of Tonya Martinez-Hilton, a 20-year member of the campus community who passed away on Dec. 1, 2011 at the age of 42, after battling lung cancer.

Martinez-Hilton began working at Union in 1992 in Dining Services and most recently became an administrative assistant in the political science department.  She was known for her cordiality and optimism, often greeting people with her ubiquitous “Hello sunshine!”

Political science department Chair Professor Clifford Brown remembers Martinez-Hilton as “a very, very pleasant and wonderful person to work with.  She worked well with the students and the majors, and after students’ oral examinations, she would send a tray of doughnuts to the event!”

With this positive attitude and caring for others, Martinez-Hilton was “always dropping by to see if anything needed to be done in the department.”  She is survived by her husband, Michael Hilton, who works at Union in the Environmental Health and Safety department.

Martinez-Hilton left lasting impression on both Union students and faculty, with so many years of dedication to work in serving others and her infectious smile. She will truly be missed.

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