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HILL, Evan Evan Hill, of Woodcrest Village, New London, NH, formerly of Newport NH, and Storrs, CT, died April 10, 2010. He was 91 years old. He was born in Philadelphia, the son of Marie Schmeltz Hill and Louis Hill. He received his BA from Stanford University in 1948, and his MS from Boston University in 1950. He married Priscilla Fiske in 1946. She died in 2001. As a young man, he worked as a reporter and editor on newspapers in the state of Washington and in the Alaska territory before World War II. In September 1941, he went on active duty with the Alaska National Guard as a second lieutenant. He volunteered for combat and fought with the 79th Infantry Division in Belgium and France. He was severely wounded in northern France and hospitalized for nearly four years, during which time he began to write non-fiction magazine articles, and sold an article on wounded solders to this first national publication, Liberty. He was discharged from the Army at the rank of captain. He then served as editor of the Argus Champion, at that time a semi-weekly newspaper in Newport, NH. After receiving his master's at Boston University, he stayed on for seven years as a journalism professor. In 1956, he joined the journalism faculty at Ohio State University, before beginning a seven-year stint working out of his office on Main Street in Newport NH, as a fulltime freelance non-fiction magazine writer for the Saturday Evening Post, the Reader's Digest, Redbook, the New York Times Magazine, the Saturday Review, Yankee and others and reporting throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His work has been translated into five languages. He also ghost-wrote books and magazines for U.S cabinet officers, federal court judges and clergymen. In 1965 he was appointed head of the journalism department at the University of Connecticut and served in that position until he retired in1984. He published approximately 160 magazine articles and eight non-fiction books (twice with co-authors), including a college journalism textbook. He was an occasional consultant to newspapers, among the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal. In 1950 he was the winner of the annual essay contest of the American Newspaper Publishers' Association, and Freedom Foundation award. He was a director of The Day Publishing Company of New London, CT and a trustee of the Bodenwein Foundation from 1978-1989, a trustee of the Richards Library in Newport NH, and a member of the Newport School Board, the Budget Advisory committee and was an early member of the Newport Planning Board. For several years after his retirement he taught after school writing courses to Newport students and to adults in after-hours classes. He compiled a Historical Chronology of the History of Newport, NH, designed to aid local historians, available on the web. He was especially proud of the success of his former students, some of whom have been reporters and editors at the Boston Globe, New York Times, Time Magazine, the Wall street Journal and other prominent publications. Many achieved executive positions in corporate public relations. Many of his students became his friends after their graduation and kept in touch with him until his death. He is survived by his daughter, Lucinda Hill Hogarty and her husband Thomas of Chester CT; his son, Peter and his wife Maryjane of Sunapee NH; his three granddaughters, Emily Rosenthal and her husband David of Cambridge MA, Hilary Gerson of West Hartford, CT and Hannah Hill of Sunapee, NH; and his great grandson, Caleb Rosenthal of Cambridge, MA. He will also be missed by many friends and loving and kind caregivers at Woodcrest Village in New London, NH. Evan's favorite charities included the Democratic Party, Newport Library Arts Center, Planned Parenthood, Smile Train, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and The Fells. Private burial services were held at the North Newport (N. H.) Cemetery, with a memorial service to be held on May 16, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Newport (N.H.) Library Arts Center.


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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 16, 2010.
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July 11, 2010
"I see you've studied with Professor Hill; a fine man, Professor Hill." That's the key sentence I recall from my job interview with Bob Eddy, editor of The Hartford Courant, along with two comments that the paper had been over-hiring, an implied "don't let the door hit you on the way out."

I drove home to Waterbury, and the phone rang. It was Mr. Eddy: "I've just talked to Professor Hill. You'll start tomorrow at 2 p.m. Report to Mr. MacCluggage on the State Desk."

I don't know what Mr. Hill had to say about me that day, but for 41 years -- working on newspapers, magazines, news websites, and in the classroom -- I've been trying to live up to it.

And for some of my 11 years at The Courant, I was the one calling Hill for advice on other student applicants. He knew how to pick them: Two of the stringers, "Mr. Hill alumni," I edited in the Mansfield bureau went on to retire with "managing editor" after their names.

UConn 1969; UNC PhD 2003; faculty at Radford University
Bob Stepno
April 19, 2010
Mr. Hill was certainly a one-of-a-kind professor, mentor, person -- one of the most influential in my life. He will be my role model forever.
Donna Peterson Jolly
April 17, 2010
May his family fully understand how alive Mr. Hill's spirit is in the lives of the people he--not touched--but formed.
Lifelong Student '74
April 16, 2010
A wonderful teacher, a delightful person. Together with John Breen, Evan Hill set me on a very rewarding path. I have an e-mail of his in my in-box that I had been meaning to reply to, and I deeply regret having put it off – not because he would have been disappointed by my tardiness, but because his reply would have been such a good read. My condolences to the family.
Lawrence Rifkin
April 14, 2010
My condolences to the family. Professor Hill was a great man. Not just a great journalist or a great teacher. I had the good fortune to arrive at UConn as an undergraduate in 1965, just as he came to campus, and I always either took a course from him or worked for him as a student assistant in the Department. He helped shape me into a reporter and a writer; I also have done time as an editor. He always went way beyond what was necessary; he attended my wedding and gave me career advice. Years later when the State University of NY at Albany was starting up a Journalism program, I used my accumulated materials from UConn to help start them off on the right foot. What a person of integrity, honesty, common sense and compassion! He has left a tremendous legacy.
Scott Christianson
April 13, 2010
Dear Cindy & Peter, What a gift to have known your dad while he lived with us at Woodcrest. The stories he told, his wonderful unique sense of humor, and his smile will be missed. My thoughts are with you and your families. May his memory be eternal.
Lisa Scrofani-Uhrin
April 12, 2010
Mr. Hill, as I called him even into my fifties, influenced me in many ways. Professor, mentor, "boss" when I was a student working in the J-office, and friend were among the roles he filled during our long acquaintance. He also helped me land my first newspaper job. He was a very special and accomplished man, and I will miss him. Kathleen Keegan, or Miss Keegan, as he always called me.
Kathleen Keegan
April 12, 2010
Cindy and Peter,

My thoughts are with you. First your dad made me a journalist. Then he made me a teacher. I'm so glad that my daughter, FuXi, had a chance to meet him. He was a very special man.

Maureen
Maureen Croteau
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