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The Chemistry by Jenny Hill ’05

“If you really want a good picture, you should come to his office. It’s decorated with Otterbein stuff from top to bottom,” said Lisa Huston ’88, wife of Michael Huston ’86, at the photo shoot for this article. That was the perfect introduction to Huston, a creative and accomplished chemist with more than 30 technical publications to his name, an approachable smile and a deep love for his alma mater. Although two generations of his family attended Otterbein before him, Huston didn’t know it was the school for him until he met admission representatives at a college fair in northeast Ohio.

Professor and Chair of Chemisty Dean Johnston, left, with Michael Huston ’86 on a recent visit Huston made to Otterbein.

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“I grew up with an Otterbein rug on the floor of my bedroom, and hearing Otterbein stories, but I was looking at other colleges,” he said. The personal attention he received that day provided the incentive he needed to follow in his family’s footsteps. Huston admits that people who knew him in high school were surprised with his choice to major in chemistry—many saw him as a future politician—but chemistry runs in the family. His father, Wayne Huston ’60, also earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Otterbein. At Otterbein, Huston met his wife, a fellow chemistry major. He also met a variety of mentors who helped him develop academically, professionally and personally. Professor Jerry Jenkins caused Huston to fall in love with organic chemistry and helped him pursue graduate school. Professor Bob Place, his


Otterbein Towers: Summer 2014