George and Florence Clayton Scholarship

The George and Florence Clayton Scholarship was endowed in May 1997 through contributions from Mr. and Mrs. Clayton, the employees of Clayton Environmental Consultants (now Bureau Veritas), and several individual alumni of the Clayton organization. Students meeting the AIHF general scholarship criteria are eligible for this scholarship. However, preference is given to students enrolled at University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, or Wayne State University-Detroit. 

Introducing George and Florence Clayton

Two names that are not only synonymous with the industrial hygiene profession, but also instrumental in shaping the American Industrial Hygiene Association are George and Florence Clayton. They are the early pioneers who made it their lifelong passion to ensure recognition of industrial hygiene as a career. Their lives are intimately entwined with AIHA because they have been major players in the association's history. The Claytons used part of their residence as the association's early headquarters in 1955.

Considered by many as the “Father of Air Pollution Investigations,” George Clayton spent the early years of his career with the U.S. Public Health Service, Division of Industrial Hygiene where he directed the investigation into the Donora, Pennsylvania air pollution disaster in 1948. He also worked the phosgene gas release disaster of Poza Rica, Mexicoin 1950. In addition, Mr. Clayton career included work with the International Joint Commission, a group established by the United States and Canada to manage and protect from pollution the lake and river systems along its borders. 

Through his involvement with these and other events following World War ll, Mr. Clayton, along with wife Florence, began a successful consulting business in 1954 to address industrial hygiene and air pollution issues that were receiving more public attention with the industrial expansion in the United States. For more than 50 years, the business started in the Clayton’s home in Detroit, Michigan, grew to more than 400 consulting and laboratory employees in more than 20 offices in North America. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton collaborated with other luminaries of the profession such as Warren Cook, Bill Frederick, Doug McEwen, Frank Patty, and Ralph Smith to further advance the science and understanding of industrial hygiene.  The Claytons authored numerous technical articles and served as editors of Patty’s Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology. Mr. Clayton served as the Executive Secretary of the American Industrial Hygiene Association from 1955 to 1971. He received the AIHA’s Cummings Memorial and Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Awards, and the Academy of Industrial Hygiene’s Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award.  

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton retired from their business in 1974, but continued to be very involved in the profession into their retirement years. Mr. Clayton passed away in 2000. 

Recipients of the George and Florence Clayton Scholarship 

  • 2015 - 2016
    Jeffrey L. Hall Jr., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Lauren R. Kokx, University of Michigan

  • 2014 - 2015
    Katie H. Eversole, University of Alabama-Birmingham

  • 2012 - 2013
    David Mark Houston,  University of Alabama - Birmingham

  • 2011 – 2012
    Brittany Lewis, University of Michigan

  • 2010 - 2011
    Michelle Kenney, University of Alabama

  • 2009 - 2010
    Kevin M. Abernethy, University of Michigan

  • 2008 - 2009
    Darren A. Brown, University of Michigan

  • 2007 - 2008
    Gustavo Serrano Izaguirre, University of Michigan

  • 2006 - 2007
    Amanda Brown, University of Alabama

  • 2005 – 2006
    Michael Cooper, University of Michigan

  • 2004 - 2005
    Darrah Sleeth, University of Michigan

  • 2002 - 2003
    Jessica Keplinger, University of Alabama

  • 2001 - 2002
    Megan McMaster, University of Michigan

  • 2000 - 2001
    Fredericka Walter, University of Alabama

  • 1999 - 2000
    Anette Tremonti, Wayne State University

  • 1998 – 1999
    Jeffrey J. Edge, University of Michigan

  • 1997 - 1998
    Rodney R. Larson, University of Alabama