Ronald Wentworth Hill, 85, of New London, NH, passed away with family at his side Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the NH Veterans Home in Tilton.
Ron was born on July 28, 1932 in North Conway, the third child of Donald W. and Loretta Hatch Hill.
In 1958 he married Alice Hurlin Breen in Jackson, NH and they raised a family of four children while residing at various times in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine. Ron graduated from Fryeburg Academy in ’49 and went on to earn a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in ’54. He earned his wings from the USAF Jet Fighter Training School in ’56, an M.S. from Central Connecticut State University in ’68 and completed all coursework for his PhD at the University of Connecticut. As a high school chemistry teacher, a young father and a student at CCSU, he also served a stint in the Air National Guard. Ron truly was an officer, gentleman and scholar.
His career as an educator began in 1959 and included both teaching and administration. In 1974 Ron was proud to become headmaster of his alma mater, Fryeburg Academy. Later, he returned to his true calling as a teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT, where he was Chair of the Science Department during the period in which the school was planning, constructing and moving in to its new science facility. Ron delighted in comparing notes about the project with renowned architect I.M. Pei, who designed the building. Ron was president of the Outing Club at UNH, led ski trips into Tuckerman Ravine and taught skiing at Black Mountain. He was a graceful skier who enjoyed racing weekly in the Mountain Meister Racing League at Mt. Cranmore into his seventies.
During his retirement, Ron stayed active volunteering on a number of town committees including serving as Jackson’s Water Commissioner and President of the Jackson Historical Society. He was also active in the Jackson Community Church and served as President of the Protestant Chapel Association. He was a long-time member of the Grey Eagles in North Conway.
Of all his accomplishments, Ron was most proud of his Air Force Wings; but above all, he valued his time with Alice and his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Alice Hurlin Breen; son Donald, his wife Pixie and children Ronald and Katherine; son Michael, his wife Cindy and children Ali (and husband Andrew Poston), Peter, Kevin and Jenny; daughter Sara, her husband Alastair Caperton and daughter Ora; and daughter Susan, her husband Matt Long and daughters Molly and Eliza. Surviving family also includes his brother and best friend Richard D. Hill, great grandson Jack and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Woodcrest Village in New London and the NH Veterans Home for their tender care of Ron in his decline. A memorial service will be held in Jackson, NH later this summer. Memorial gifts may be made to Fryeburg Academy, which held a very special place in Ron’s heart.
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