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H. Stanton Hill

Hamilton Stanton "Stan" Hill was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on January 19, 1911, the son of Alice Rowland Stanton and Hamilton Hill, a hotel broker. He moved to southern California with his family in 1927, where he served as Professor of Geology at Pasadena City College, Cal Tech and Pomona College for 37 years. Many hundreds of geologists and other former students around the world were inspired by him during his teaching career.

In 1928 Stan Hill took his first geology course at Pasadena Junior College from Edwin Van Amringe. In 1930 he was appointed a geology assistant, and in 1931 he, Van Amringe and others organized the Mineralogical Society of Southern California. In 1933 he gradated summa cum laude from Pomona College, and was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He subsequently received his M.A. degree from Claremont College, and did graduate work at Caltech, but never achieved a PhD. In 1935 he became a faculty member at Pasadena City College, and introduced mineralogy to the curriculum.

In 1971 Stan received the Neil A. Miner Award from the National Association of Geology Teachers for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences. He retired in 1973 and was given the title of Professor Emeritus. In 1978 the H. Stanton Hill Geology Museum, named in his honor, was opened at Pasadena City College. He was a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London. He also established the H. Stanton Hill and Mary C. Hill Geology Library Fund at Pomona College.

The best-in-show award in the Mineralogical Society of Southern California's annual Gem and Mineral Show is named in his honor. After retirement, he continued to lecture on geology and the history of science. He worked at cataloging the Herbert Hoover Collection of books at the Honnold/Mudd Library at Claremont College. He also worked at Caltech for nine years in the Geology Department, serving as Curator of the mineral collection, sorting the departmental library, identifying books of historical importance, and providing geological and literary information to students and faculty.

Stan Hill died July 9, 2004, at the age of 93. In his last years he had sold off some of his valuable personal library to provide funds for an annual geology award for promising students at Pomona College, and to benefit the Library Fund there, and donated much of the rest to the Pomona College Geology Library. Most of his personal reference collection of about 5,000 mineral specimens went to Cal Tech, and other specimens went to the H. Stanton Hill Geology Museum. He was married to Mary Calvert Hill for nearly 64 years until her death in 2000.

Obituary, Pasadena Star News, July 27, 2004, p. A-4 (col. 1).
U.S. Federal Census, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
ANONYOUS (2004) Remembering H. Stanton Hill. Bulletin of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California, 74 (8).
REYNOLDS, B., CURRIER, R., PEDERSEN, B., and ROSSMAN, G. (2004) H. Stanton Hill: Memories Shared. Bulletin of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California. 74 (10).
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