Hill, William Raynard
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Oct. 15, 2007
William "Bill" Raynard Hill, 61, Sarasota, and formerly of Washington, D.C., died Oct. 15, 2007, at his home on Siesta Key.
Born July 9, 1946, to Mary Hill Brooks in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Anacostia High School in 1964 and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Bill leaves to carry out his legacy his daughter and son-in-law, Traci and Thomas Femister of Washington, D.C.; daughter and son-in-law Aiyana and Ayize Ma'at of Bowie, Md.; and grandchildren Asante Duah, Thomas Lake, Akaiya Cyrah, Akina Kai, William Tyson and Addae.
He is also survived by brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Gloria Brooks; sisters Marilyn Knox, Jocelyn Brooks and Ashelle Hill, as well as aunt and uncle Yvonne and Maurice Banks, in addition to a host of beloved family and friends. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his sweetheart, Monique McKenzie, and her daughter, Casia Allen.
Bill had an extremely successful career spanning 40 years, starting at the young age of 19 as a systems engineer for the National Cash Register Company (NCR). He was responsible for the design, development and nationwide implementation of NCR's national accounts. In addition to his ability to manage major national accounts, he was responsible for the installation of the first computer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was subsequently hired by the House to assist in the automation of Congress at age 24.
In addition to these accomplishments, Bill was one of the first two African Americans to take a company public in the United States as president and CEO of OAO Technology Solutions.
Restless in retirement, he was involved in many business and philanthropic endeavors. He was the chairman, CEO and president of ICOR Technologies as well as the managing partner of Greater Sarasota DreamBuilders, LLC. He was instrumental in conceiving and funding the Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Underserved Areas, The Barker/Musser Fellowship (for advanced studies in technology at Carnegie Mellon University), The Hill Foundation for education, child development and entrepreneurial leadership in underserved areas, and Sarasota's Phoenix Academy, a public community school where students who have had challenges are able to maximize their potential.
Bill was truly loved and admired by many. He possessed a heart of gold and never hesitated to offer his genuine support to others in thought, word, or deed. His friends and loved ones will forever remember his deep infectious laugh, his sense of fairness, and his ability to quickly forgive others. He was committed to living a life of meaning and love. Bill's positive attitude was contagious and his smile and deep, soothing voice were hallmarks of a man with many admirers.
Bill will be sincerely missed by family, friends and business associates.
Services were held last week at Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Phoenix Academy, 1085 S. Shade Ave. in Sarasota. (located directly behind Sarasota High School).
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bill's memory may be made payable to DreamBuilders Foundation, c/o Traci Hill Femister, 2409 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Published in Herald Tribune on Oct. 21, 2007