2012 Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture: Marjorie L. Hart
Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture, 2012
A Career in Energy: Window on Many Worlds
Marjorie Leigh Hart BChemE '51
Monday, October 22, 2012
Marjorie L. Hart received the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Cornell in 1951. After graduation, she went to work for the Esso (now ExxonMobil) Research and Engineering Company where she spent a distinguished thirty-year career as an engineer and business executive. Along the way she attended the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. At Exxon, Marjorie rapidly rose through the ranks to become a Senior Advisor in the gas, energy policy, and corporate planning divisions of the company. Her Exxon career is distinguished by several firsts – including the first professional woman assigned overseas and the first woman in the corporate executive dining room.
After leaving Exxon in 1984, she founded Business Line Consulting, a private consultancy that specialized in natural gas, emission controls, and environmental systems. Since her retirement from Business Line Consulting in 1994, Marjorie has been active on the boards of non-profits, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Scenic Hudson, Inc. and as Vice Chairman of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy, Inc. She also serves on the board of the New York League of Conservation Voters and on the advisory board of the National Land Trust Alliance.
Marjorie is a lifetime member of the Cornell University Council and served as the council's vice-chair from 1979 to 1982 and as chair in 1986-87. She also served on the Cornell Board of Trustees as an alumni-elected member from 1979 to 1984 and was reappointed for an additional year. In October 1996, she was named a Cornell University Presidential Councilor.
Visitors, alumni, and friends of the department are invited to attend a reception at 3:15pm in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge, 128 Olin Hall. The lecture will follow immediately at 4:00 pm in room 165 Olin Hall.