Barbara C. Hill, an engineer who was active in her church, died of breast cancer Oct. 25 at Sinai Hospital. The Randallstown resident was 52.
Born Barbara Jean Curry in Baltimore and raised in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, she was a 1969 graduate of Western High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1973 from what is now Morgan State University.
She worked in the city police crime laboratory from 1973 to 1976, before taking a job teaching at Hampstead Hill Junior High School. Since 1979, she had been an engineer at what is now the Northrop Grumman Corp. facility in Linthicum.
"Her work there was of a classified nature," said Gwendolyn Wright, a longtime friend.
Mrs. Hill was a longtime member of New Psalmist Baptist Church, and served on its usher board and school board.
She enjoyed bowling, playing pinochle and travel. An accomplished cook, she was known for her creative drinks, cornbread dressing and baked beans. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, she organized dinner for family and friends in her Randallstown home.
Services were held Saturday at her church.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Walter W.E. Hill Jr., president of Maryland Sound Co.; a son, Walter W.E. Hill III, a cadet at West Point; two daughters, Lindsey C. Hill and Christine S. Curtis, both of Baltimore; her parents, Robert and Marion Curry of Glen Burnie; a brother, Marc A. Curry Sr. of Owings Mills; two sisters, Deborah C. Campbell of Owings Mills and Robin C. Riley of Randallstown; and many nieces and nephews.