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Albert Karel Hill, lawyer, veteran, gallery docent, Mason, firefighter
Jan. 17, 1924 -- Jan. 2, 2006

Albert Karel Hill, a retired corporate lawyer, civic leader and decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 82.

Born in Scotia, he became the youngest Eagle Scout in Schenectady County at 13 and, upholding family tradition, enrolled at Union College in 1942. He joined the Army in 1943 and on D-Day the following year landed with the 8th Army at Normandy.

During the battle for the railway bridge at Remagen, which opened the Allied invasion of Germany, Mr. Hill suffered a severe leg wound. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

After earning his bachelor's degree from Union in 1948, he was admitted to Harvard Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1950. He and Perrie Jane Jones married that Labor Day weekend and two years later moved to Buffalo, where he began a more-than-30-year practice with Moot, Sprague, Marcy and Gullick -- later Moot and Sprague. He represented many large corporations during his time there.
Mr. Hill, of Buffalo, helped lead the transition of the Community Chest into the United Way, which named him its 1990 Man of the Year, and helped the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society plan the 2001 Pan-American Exposition centennial celebration.

He also had lived in East Aurora, where he served as School Board president and a volunteer firefighter.

In retirement, Mr. Hill was a docent at Albright-Knox Art Gallery. A longtime member of the Free & Accepted Masons, he was a master of the Lodge of Ancient Landmarks, an Erie District deputy and Grand Lodge appeals commissioner.

He headed the New York State Bar Association's young lawyers section in 1967 and was a Union College benefactor, creating the John Calvin Toll commemorative day to honor an ancestor who was in the college's first graduating class.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years and two sons, Karel and David.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.


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