North Central College - Naperville, IL

Scientist Honored with Outstanding Alumnus Award

K. Darrell Berlin ’55, a distinguished scientist, inventor and author, was recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Award at the Homecoming awards ceremony. A cancer researcher, Berlin is the first Regents Professor named at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is also a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health.

“I owe gratitude to professors like Dr. Irvin Koten, and I had a wonderful English professor named Dr. Richard Eastman,” said Berlin. “A scientist can’t go too far if he can’t write.” He stated that he was also grateful for the requirement to attend chapel services, which turned out to be “extremely useful to me.”

Berlin shared some of his connections to North Central College, such as writing a grant request with another cancer researcher, who, coincidentally, was also a graduate of North Central, Doris Mangiaracina ‘81 Benbrook.

After North Central, Berlin earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1958. He has received numerous honors and awards for his teaching and research accomplishments, including the Sigma Xi Award in Research at OSU in 1969; Oklahoma Scientist of the Year in 1976; Oklahoma Chemist of the Year in 1977; Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in College/ University Teaching by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 2003; and Regents Distinguished Research Award for 2003 from the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents.

Berlin is an inventor with 27 patents and has written a textbook. His research group has published more than 300 papers in technical journals, and he is on the editorial boards of two international chemistry journals. In the late 1990s, Darrell and his wife Gracie established the Darrell and Gracie Berlin Scholarship for North Central College science majors.

Annual Report 2008