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Henry L. Hill, a resident of Glenview, Illinois, died peacefully at his home on June 29th, at the age of 103. He was a retired partner of the law firm of Mayer Brown. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Hill graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Law School, graduating from the latter in 1938. He was one of the original lawyers employed in the General Counsel's Office of the Civil Aeronautics Board; a Federal agency created in 1938 for the economic regulation of the air transport industry. While with the Board he participated in a number of cases involving the routes and rates of various air carriers. At the end of 1944, Mr. Hill left the Civil Aeronautics Board and moved to New York where he represented American Airlines in its regulatory matters. Two years later he was invited to join the firm of Mayer Brown (then Mayer, Meyer, Austrian and Platt) as a member of the group representing United Air Lines in matters before the Civil Aeronautics Board. He continued in this area of practice until the deregulation of the air transport industry in 1977 and retired from the Firm in June of 1980. After moving to Glenview with his family in 1950, Mr. Hill became active in various civic matters and served on the Board of Education of District 34 from 1956 to 1969, serving as President for 6 years. He also served as president of several homeowners' organizations. However, Mr. Hill felt that his greatest civic contribution was the preservation of the Wagner Farm at the corner of Lake Avenue and Wagner Road in Glenview. Along with two other Glenviewites, Mr. Hill founded Citzens Organized for Wagners, that had the acronym C.O.W.S.. As well as founder, he was President of this organization for several years. C.O.W.S. generated enough public interest that the Glenview Park District was encouraged to purchase the farm following the death of the last Wagner. The organization also was instrumental in the passage of the bond issue that enabled the purchase. Also following his retirement, he authored Tales From the Other End of the Island, the story of summers spent on Beaver Island, Michigan, as well as other published articles. He likewise wrote frequent letters to news media to express his views on current issues. Mr. Hill is survived by a daughter, Melinda, and two sons, Howard and Richard, as well as by five grandchildren. Mr. Hill's wife Mary Margaret, to whom he was married for 64 years, predeceased him in 2005. Mr. Hill will be interred on Beaver Island next to his wife. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beaver Island Rural Health Center, 37304 Kings Highway, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from July 8 to July 12, 2018
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