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Biographical Memoirs, Volume 88
man being who believed in always giving more than he took.” This author of this memoir—on whose professional life Reilley had great positive influence—deeply agrees with this analysis.
After graduating from Central High School in Charlotte in 1943, Charles Reilley enrolled at the University of North Carolina and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in 1947. He was a capable student and was honored with Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Chi Sigma undergraduate chemistry awards for three years (1945-1947), and the Archibald Henderson Medal in Mathematics in 1946. He returned to Charlotte and taught chemistry there at Queen’s College for two years, and then returned to school to earn his M.A. (in 1951) and Ph.D. (in 1952) in chemistry at Princeton University under Professor Nathaniel Howard Furman, who at that time had made his institution an international center of analytical chemistry. As a graduate student Reilley was recognized with an ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship in 1951. While at Princeton, Reilley was a colleague in Furman’s laboratory of W. Donald Cooke and Ralph N. Adams, who respectively went on to distinguished careers in analytical chemistry at Cornell University and the University of Kansas. Furman’s letter recommending him for a faculty position at UNC noted: “The other graduate students find him a very useful man to talk to” and “I believe that he will make a first-class teacher and research worker.” Furman also noted that he had in hand “an offer to remain here.”
After leaving Princeton, Reilley returned to Chapel Hill as an instructor and rose through the ranks to become an assistant professor in 1953, associate professor in 1956, professor in 1961 and Kenan Professor in 1963. The Kenan