Adams Sherman Hill

Concord Funeral Home

Adams Sherman Hill, M.D., of Concord, MA, passed away January 7, 2021, at home. He is survived by his wife Judith Morris Hill, daughter Martha Hill McNiff, Sunapee, NH, and granddaughters Laura Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Paige Gibson, Amy Gibson, and Addy McNiff. He was predeceased by a sister, Frances Lipp, Ft. Collins, CO, and his adult daughter Alison Hill.

He was born on December 11, 1927, in Boston, MA spending his youth in nearby Cambridge, where he attended Shady Hill School. He subsequently graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and then from Harvard College in 1949 with study concentration in history.

Post-graduate studies were completed at Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, followed by an internship at Colorado General Hospital, Denver, and a medical residency at Buffalo General Hospital, N.Y.

He then joined the hematology research team at the University of Utah Medical School, Salt Lake City. After three years of research there he married Judith Allen Morris and turned to clinical medicine, practicing hematology/oncology in Yakima, WA, for 36 years. Because his years practicing medicine included serving a Mexican immigrant population, he learned to speak Spanish and had opportunities to keep his fluency in French up to date as well.

Throughout their lives he and his wife Judy enjoyed traveling to Mexico, where they absorbed the cultural life of Guadalajara, and particularly that of smaller towns. His facility with the language rewarded the couple with experiences they would otherwise not have enjoyed. They spent many other vacations bicycling and sea kayaking on the West Coast.

A love for reading, writing stories and honing his language skills was lifelong. Over the years he thoroughly enjoyed his daughters and granddaughters. His life lessons for them were often clothed in stories he made up. He introduced to them the joys of the sea and the lakes. Earlier, his young nieces and nephews recall expanded family vacations at Squam Lake, NH, where they boated and he led them on rambles in the surrounding hills and tantalized them with ghost stories.

In 2000 he and his wife retired to Concord, where he always preferred being called “Sherman” or “Mr. Hill” and not “Dr. Hill.” Individuals and groups in Concord who have benefitted from his scholarly leadership include the Emerson Reading Circle and the Shakespeare Reading Group.

During retirement in Concord, he frequented the library, kayaked the three rivers in every season, attended West Concord Union Church worship and study groups, hiked and walked.

Throughout his youth, his professional life and in retirement, Sherman demonstrated a life of grace and insight and compassion.

A small family memorial event service is planned, with a later service to be announced.

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T. Suzuki

I had the privilege of being Dr. Hill's hairdresser in the late 1980s in Yakima. He found our shop as he bicycled home from work and became my favorite customer! I just loved talking to him. He encouraged me to keep going with my studies (I had just entered YVCC). That also meant that I had to move from the Yakima Valley to pursue higher education and lost touch with him. Through the years I often thought back to his words of encouragement when times were hard. What a lovely man he was and I'm sure that you miss him terribly. Much love to you and yours.

Cheri Pelnar

Dr. Hill’s family: Our family had the honor, and privilege, to know this wonderful human being. My Sister, Judy, had Cancer, and Dr. Hill took care of her for a year and a half! She had a bicycle made out of wires for him, with Dr. Hill riding it, with his stethoscope blowing in the wind! She was so happy to present it to him! We even had a picture of it in the Yakima Herald! We grew to love this man, and respected him and of his knowledge! God Bless Dr. Hill, and all of you.... I’m sure he is riding that bike through the heavens with all the other angels!

Cheri Pelnar Lynden Wa.