Jean'ne M. Shreeve

    April, 2006:

    Dr. Jean'ne M. Shreeve is currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Jean'ne has been at the University of Idaho for 45 years and still enjoys working 80 plus hour weeks. Currently, she is only doing chemical research. Each day she enjoys finding out "What has happened since yesterday?" At the University of Idaho, Jean'ne has held many positions. She started teaching chemistry and doing chemical research. She later became Head of the Chemistry Department and then Vice President for Research.

    This Montana native received her B.A. from the University of Montana. She then received her Masters at the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jean'ne says she entered the field of chemistry because of her high school chemistry teacher and she entered the academic side of chemistry because it never occurred to her to do anything else. She does chemical research because it is fun! When asked what she enjoys most about her work, she said "my co-workers and the idea that sometimes my ideas DO work out as I predicted!"

    Her future plans are to continue to work in chemistry the long hours that she is currently doing. Her mentor is still coming in every day at the age of 95 and is still active in chemistry. She feels that it is important for everyone (regardless of gender, color, or country of natural origin) to do what he or she wants to do. All talented persons should be welcomed to enter the interesting field of chemistry and contribute.

    Dr. Shreeve has been active in the American Chemical Society and served in many roles at the local and national level. She has held several offices within the Washington-Idaho Border Section, including Section Chair. At the National level, she has been Chair and Councilor for the Fluorine Division, a councilor of Region VI from 1985-93 and has served on a number of National committees. Jean'ne Shreeve has also served on the Board of Directors of the National American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and held offices in the Chemistry Division of AAAS.

    Many of you are familiar with Dr. Shreeve as an important Fluorine Chemist. During one ACS meeting, I was waiting outside to hear her speak. I asked a gentleman who the next speaker would be and I was told, "She will speak when this person finishes". I then asked him if the speaker was to be Dr. Shreeve and was told "there is only one SHE in Fluorine Chemistry".

    Her honors are many and some of them include receiving the Garvan Medal from the ACS and National Honorary Membership from Iota Sigma Pi. In addition she has lectured in this country and abroad. Jean'ne's honors, lectureships and awards number over forty and this Phi Beta Kappa member is still very active. Her own University of Montana is proud of her and has given her awards. She holds one US Patent and has nearly 390 refereed technical publications.

    — Written by Anne T. Sherren