Dr. Norman P. Hill, age 91, of Fall River, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Bernice A. (Kendall) Hill.
Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, a son of the late Frederick W. and Ida (Peirce) Hill, he subsequently resided in Cooperstown NY, Assonet, and Fall River, while summering all his life at Sagamore Beach.
A graduate of Brown and Nichols in Cambridge, Harvard University, class of 1942 and Harvard Medical School, class of 1945, he served in the United States Army during World War II.
A Cardiologist, he practiced medicine at the Truesdale Clinic in Fall River before his retirement in 1986. He served as Chief of Medical Services at the Truesdale Hospital where he pioneered and directed the first cardiac intensive care unit in the state outside a teaching hospital.
Dr. Hill and his wife traveled the world extensively in pursuit of his lifelong passion for ornithology. In the course of his travels he set foot on every continent and swam in every major ocean on earth, including the Arctic Ocean. He was a member of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, the American Ornithologists Union, Harvard Travellers Club, the Mass Medical Society, the American College of Physicians and the Manomet Bird Observatory. He wrote The Birds of Cape Cod, published in 1966, and authored numerous articles in scientific journals.
He is survived by a son; David F. Hill of Ipswich, a daughter; Alison H. Jaskiewicz and her husband Tom of Mason, NH, a daughter-in-law; Anne K. Hill of Cape Elizabeth, ME, a brother; Richard S. Hill of Utica, NY, four grandchildren; Emily A. Fauble of Beverly, Peter B. Hill of Hamilton, Kate Hill Thomson of Freedom, NH, and Nathaniel Hill of Chattanooga, TN, eight great-grandchildren; Dakota, Cassandra, Luke, and William Fauble, Ada and Miriam Thomson, and Owl and Fern Montana-Hill. He was father of the late Malcolm K. Hill and father-of-law of the late Anne B. Hill.
His arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.