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Mr. James Hill Jr., Founding Member of NBMBAA
The National Black MBA Association, Chicago Chapter mournfully announces the passing of James Hill Jr., one of the founding members, who passed on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021.
Mr. Hill was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 20, 1941, to Joyce and James Hill, Sr. Mr. Hill graduated from Central State University where he received his B.S. in accounting in 1964, and where he was also initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (Delta Zeta Chapter). Mr. Hill received his M.B.A. in personnel administration and accounting in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He was CPA-licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
In 1964, Mr. Hill began his career as a cost accountant for Union Carbide in New York, where he stayed for one year. After receiving his M.B.A., he began working as a Chicago staff auditor for Alexander Grant & Company. Between 1968 and 1970, Mr. Hill worked as the deputy director of the Chicago Economic Development Corporation. In February 1972, he founded his own eponymous accounting firm. In 1975 he took on a partner to become Hill, Taylor, Certified Public Accountants, where he presided as chairman and CEO.
Mr. Hill received numerous awards and honors for both his professional and community work. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Black Association of Accountants, and the National Black MBA Association. Mr. Hill was a board member of various community and nonprofit organizations, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Better Government Association, Citizen Information Service, the Chicago Commons Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Chicago Economic Advisory Committee. Mr. Hill was also a council member to the graduate business schools at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois.
Mr. Hill leaves to cherish his memory his devoted sons, James Hill, III (Mary), and Dr. Brian Hill, Sr. of Homewood, IL, his former wife Sheree Franklin of Chicago, Illinois, his loving stepdaughter Brittany Hogan of St. Louis, Missouri, and the mother of his children Gloria Fields, Niagara Falls, NY. He also leaves to his legacy five grandchildren, Chrisheena Hill, Albany, NY, James Hill IV, Homewood, IL, Brian Hill, Jr. (Margaret), Chicago, IL, Jacqueline Hill, Chicago, IL, Lauren Hill, Joliet, IL, as well as three great-grandchildren, McKenzie Fizer, Christian Hill and Laurence Williams, as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022, 3:00 PM at Rainbow PUSH, 930 E. 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615. All guests MUST wear a mask while inside the building.
At the request of the Hill family, and in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Central State University General Scholarship Fund “In Memory of James Hill, Jr. Class of 1964.
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