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David Anderson Hilding

1930 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
David Anderson Hilding Obituary
1930 ~ 2016
David Anderson Hilding died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2016. Born March 23, 1930, David grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, the oldest of five children. He received a bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1951 and an MD from the University of Minnesota in 1954. He was a resident at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and then served as a medical army officer during the Korean War in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Supported by a National Institutes of Health grant, he spent a year conducting research at the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. David went on to a position as a professor and medical researcher at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut. He also worked for a time in New Jersey and at the University of Illinois, Chicago, before eventually going into private practice as an otolaryngologist in Price, Utah. His research was in the area of deafness, and he helped to develop the technology that is used to test newborns' hearing. He was a Fellow of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology; and a member of the American College of Surgeons. He also received an Alumni Citation from the Gustavus Adolphus Alumni Association and the Harris P. Mosher award from the Triological Society.
David married Sonja, the love of his life, on March 11, 1955. They enjoyed 61 beautiful years of marriage and were blessed with five children and eight grandchildren. He was sometimes affectionately known as King David for his rule of the roost. The Hilding household was always a chaotic scene with an endless parade of children, pets, friends, and busy activities - skiing, tennis, sailing, and swimming. King David often observed -- taking video or pictures, and he enjoyed reading books late into the night. In his later years with failing health, David and Sonja showed us all a beautiful example of profound love as he drew strength and support from Sonja's patient encouragement.
David is preceded in death by his parents, Anderson C. and Inez Hilding; his brother, Wendell, and sister, Jean. He is survived by his wife, Sonja; his children, Monica (Luis), Paul (Stephani), Karin (Rob), Tina (Von), and Jim (Emily); sister, Cecile (Dick); brother, Stephen (Arlene); and eight grandchildren. A celebration of life service is pending.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 13, 2016
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