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Elizabeth Pilliod PhD         Inducted 2020* - Class of 1972

As an academic leader at Woodward, Elizabeth was involved in numerous activities and clubs, including Student Council Executive Board, Interclub Council, National Honor Society, Future Teachers, Boosters, Cheerleaders (Captain - her senior year), Editor of the Saga, and Extravaganza. “Being Saga Editor and Captain of the Cheerleaders were the biggest accomplishments of her young life — and they have defined her ever since. In Elizabeth’s senior year at WHS she was selected to attend Buckeye Girls’ State in Columbus and also received WHS’s prestigious Tattler Achievement Cup Award.


Her close friends at WHS include Julie Beckwith, Mark Chambers, Mary Dombrowski, Connie Kalisz, Sue Orosz, Debbie Ryan, Chris Stawowy, Jack Siler, Noreen Willhelm, Ed You, Beth Youngman, Carolyn Williams, and her dear, dear friend - one of the best, the late Joyce Zdrojewski.

Elizabeth’s academic achievements did not cease with her graduation from Woodward. She attend

the University of Michigan and earned her bachelor’s degree in History of Art with honors, her MBA from Michigan’s Ross School of Business, as well as her Master’s and PhD in History of Art from Michigan.


She has published three books, with three more in progress. Elizabeth is a frequent contributor of numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews on art. She has been a curator, photographer, and essayist for numerous exhibits at various, notable art museums in the US and abroad, including our own Toledo Museum of Art.


Elizabeth is currently a Professor at Rutgers University and she and her husband, Thomas D. Kaufman, live in Princeton, New Jersey. They have a son Jules, and daughter Cassie who is married to Tom Quick and has two grandsons.

*Induction Ceremony postponed until October 2021 due to the pandemic

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