Dr. Claude D. Hill Jr., 74, obstetrician-gynecologist

October 20, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Dr. Claude D. Hill Jr., a Baltimore physician who practiced obstetrics and gynecology and delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 40-year medical career, died Friday at Union Memorial Hospital of undetermined causes.

Dr. Hill, 74, a resident of the Ashburton community for most of his medical career, also was a former president of the medical staffs at Bon Secours and the old Provident hospitals. He also served briefly in 1987 on the City Council from the 4th District.

Dr. Hill had offices in West Baltimore and Turners Station in eastern Baltimore County from 1957 until he retired from private practice in 1990. He was in the Army Reserve Medical Corps for several years.

"He was a very understanding physician with his patients," said Dr. Richard F. Tyson.

Dr. Tyson and Dr. Hill were the first physicians to move into Madison Park Medical Center at Eutaw Place and North Avenue in 1971. "He was always an intelligent and perceptive guy," Dr. Tyson said. "He was a good surgeon, too."

Dr. Hill began his medical practice in offices on Druid Hill Avenue near North Avenue.

He was an instructor, and the first African-American to teach obstetrics and gynecology at the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland medical schools. Dr. Hill taught at Maryland from 1963 to 1971, and at Hopkins from 1973 to 1979.

Dr. Hill also worked with the Baltimore Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Monumental Medical Society to integrate the staffs of Bon Secours, Good Samaritan, Mercy and Church hospitals.

In 1985, he was elected president of the medical staff at Bon Secours and later served on the board. He was president of the medical staff at Provident Hospital in 1966.

Medicine "was his passion," said his daughter, Danita Mitchell of Ellicott City. "He liked helping others. That was his goal in life."

A Baltimore native, Dr. Hill graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1941 and Morgan State College in 1947. He earned his medical degree in 1952 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Joining the Army Reserve Medical Corps, he was on active duty in the Army in 1943 and 1944. After World War II, he stayed in the Army Reserve Medical Corps until he retired in 1960.

Dr. Hill served briefly on the City Council in 1987 after being chosen to fill a vacant seat. He lost in an election that year.

After his retirement from private practice, he became chief executive officer of Total Health Care, a health maintenance organization. He retired in 1994 and worked as a consultant for Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corp.

Dr. Hill was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi and Chi Delta Mu fraternities, and was a boater in the Dolphin Cruising Club.

He was a longtime member at Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church, Liberty Road and St. Lukes Lane in Woodmoor, where services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Thursday.

In addition to his daughter, Dr. Hill is survived by his wife, the former Gwendolyn Washington, whom he married in 1958; two sons, Claude D. Hill III of Santa Clara, Calif., and Michael Hill of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Madessa Wallace and Hazel Givens, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/20/98

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