Note: mother of Jeffrey Hill: member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Judith C. Hill was Harrisburg’s first African American city councilwoman and a former member of the city school board. Hill, 85, of Harrisburg, died April 8 at Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence.
She graduated in 1946 from William Penn High School in Harrisburg. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Virginia Union University and pursued graduate courses in advanced education at Tuskegee University and other institutions of higher education. Hill was a teacher involved with training and teaching throughout the United States, Canada and worldwide.
A lifelong member of Mitchell Memorial Church, she continued her support and membership at Camp Curtin Memorial-Mitchell UMC. She served as lay leader, trustee board member as well as with the Church Council of Ministries and the local United Methodist Women.
Hill chaired numerous committees and received awards and recognitions that included a presidential appointment as the staff assistant to the Director of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Transportation under Drew Lewis; dean of students, Harrisburg High School; director, Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries; president, Church Women United; counselor, Lead Instructor for O.I.C.; chairwoman, Commission on Religion in Appalachia; and board chairman, Camp Curtin YMCA.
Her other professional affiliations and memberships included Urban League, NAACP, ZONTA International, Who’s Who, American Colleges and Universities, board member, Neighborhood Center and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Surviving are her son, Jeffrey M. Hill of Harrisburg; a daughter, Judith Michelle Hill of N.Y., N.Y.; granddaughter, Ashleigh M. Hill of Hampton, Va.; and two sisters, Georgia Mays and Jessie Fordham, both of Harrisburg.
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