Frederick E. "Rick" Hilger was born on October 21, 1910, in Ehringhausen, Germany. He came to the U.S.
in 1938 and lived in Far Hills for 30 years before moving to Maplewood in 1987.
Mr. Hilger began his career with the General Dyestuff Corporation, the sales division of the General
Aniline and Film Corporation. In 1953 he was one of the founders of the Verona Dyestuffs Corporation of
Union, New Jersey. Later he was named vice president of sales. Verona Dyestuffs was a leading supplier
of synthetic dyes to the textile industry and eventually became a division of Mobay Chemical Corporation
of Pittsburgh. Mr. Hilger retired in 1975.
Mr. Hilger was a member of the Rahway-Plainfield Religious Society of Friends in Plainfield, serving as a
clerk for many years and on various committees including the ministry, oversight and finance.
He was a board member and fund-raiser of the Criminal Justice Program Committee in Newark. Mr. Hilger
was also involved for 30 years with the American Friends Service Committee and was instrumental in a
Prison-to-Work Program. In addition, he was president of his condominium association.
An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Hilger served in the Asia-Pacific Theatre and was discharged with the
rank of first lieutenant.
Mr. Hilger died on August 26, 2006 at the age of 95. He was the husband of Frances Shepherd Cuerier
Hilger, who died on April 17, 1977. His family includes a son, Christopher A. Hilger and his wife, Sandy, of
Fountain Valley, California; a daughter, Katherine Hilger of Maplewood; a grandson, Nathaniel G. Hilger of
Brooklyn, and two step-grandchildren, Andrew McIntyre and Jonathan McIntyre.
A memorial service was held at the Religious Society of Friends Meeting House in Plainfield. The private
interment was held at the Meeting House Cemetery.
Reference: Frederick E. Hilger Obituary, The Star-Ledger, September 15, 2006
|Frederick E. Hilger
Verona Dyestuffs Executive
|Frederick E. Hilger (1910-2006)
Photo: American Dyestuff Reporter 1953
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