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Jeri A. Hill, special-education teacher, mentor

March 30, 1930 – June 5, 2015

Jeri A. Hill, a special-education teacher and passionate student advocate and mentor, died June 5. She was 85.

A native of Buffalo, the former Jeri A. Savoy attended Hutchinson-Central High School, graduated from Buffalo State College and earned her master of science degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Buffalo.

She worked for the Buffalo Board of Education for more than 35 years. She was a member of the Buffalo Urban League, 100 Black Women Buffalo Charter, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Women’s Health Initiative, National Education Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Mrs. Hill was a frequent contributor to the African American Cultural Center and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

She was an avid reader and member of the Maumbasoma Book Club. She also enjoyed traveling abroad, the arts, music and dancing.

Her husband, Lakin B. Hill, died in 1967.

Survivors include a sister, Neola M. McGuire; and two daughters, Brenda J. McGlaston and Robin L. Williams.

A memorial service was held June 20 in Buffalo.

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