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Daily Press
April 5, 1995

CARL M. HILL

HAMPTON – Carl M. Hill, retired university administrator, died on Tuesday, April 4, 1995. Arrangements by O.H. Smith and Son Funeral Home.

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Daily Press
April 7, 1995

CARL MCCLELLAN HILL, FORMER HU PRESIDENT

Dr. Carl McClellan Hill, 11th president of Hampton University, formerly Hampton Institute, died Tuesday, April 4, 1995. He was 87.

During his career Dr. Hill served as assistant professor of chemistry at North Carolina A&T University; dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and dean of faculty at Tennessee State University; president of Kentucky State University; and interim president in 1976 and president of Hampton Institute from 1977 to 1978.

Chairman of the HU Board of Trustees, Wendell P. Holmes Jr. commented, “Dr. Hill, in my experience with him, was a man of vision, a man of credibility, a compassionate man and concerned with the institution with which he was associated.”

Dr. Hill won acclaim for his scientific research and made many contributions to higher education. He published some 52 research papers, co-authored several textbooks and served as chief investigator to chemical research studies. He developed research projects sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority, Research Corporation of New York, U.S. Air Force Research Command and the National Science Foundation.

He earned a bachelor of science degree at Hampton Institute in organic chemistry and taught high school science at the George P. Phenix Laboratory School of Hampton University, where he later became principal. He earned his masters and doctorate degrees in organic chemistry from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Among his honors were the election to the Society of Sigma Xi; the Manufacturing Chemists Association Award; honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University; and Outstanding Alumnus at Large from Hampton University.

Dr. Mary L. Smith, current president of Kentucky State University, said “he was a kind person, a scholar, a researcher. Dr. Hill was well-respected in the community and by his professional peers.”

His professional organizational involvement included groups such as The American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Chemists and life member of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society. He also served on the boards of trustees for Stillman College and Centre College, both of Kentucky.

Other affiliations include the Hampton Coliseum Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce, emeritus member of Board of Directors of Crestar Bank, Hampton Real Estate Board, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, life member of NAACP, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Born in Norfolk on July 27, 1907, the fourth of eight children of William Franklin and Sarah Rowe Hill, Dr. Hill was deeply committed to his church, serving at the national and local levels. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Hampton and an active member of the Men’s Bible Class. He served on the church’s Board of World Missions and the General Executive Board and Executive Committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self Development of People, Presbyterian Church, USA and the committee on global missions, Presbytery of Eastern Virginia.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Helen Collins Hill; foster daughter, Doris H. McGhee of Cleveland, Ohio; stepson, Ernest C. Rose MD of Charleston, Ill.; brother, Lester Hill of Richmond; three sisters, Colon H. Baker and Elsie Hewitt of Norfolk and Sarah Cooke of Richmond; other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at First Presbyterian Church, Hampton, with Rev. George Oehler officiating. Interment will follow in the Hampton University Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with family visitation from noon to 1 p.m. in the Session Room of the church. Viewing will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday. Arrangements by O.H. Smith and Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carl M. Hill Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o P.O. Box 586, Hampton, Va. 23669.

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