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Current Issue: July 29, 2002
Volume 38, Number 2

In Memoriam

Hamlin Hill

Hamlin HillEnglish instructor, assistant and associate professor, professor of English and American Studies, department chair – Hamlin Hill held several titles at UNM in three stints as a faculty member.

Hill was at his family’s summer home in Seven Springs, NM, when he was hospitalized with a blood clot in his lungs. He died in Los Alamos on July 16.

Hill’s first run at UNM was from 1959-1961. He left to take a position at the University of Wyoming for two years, but returned to UNM in 1963. In 1968, he took a position at the University of Chicago, but came back to UNM English and American Studies from 1975-86.

Among his many honors and awards, Hill was a three-time Fulbright scholar, studying and teaching in Germany and Denmark. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow; earned the “Charlie Chaplin” Award from the American Humor Studies Association. He also served as the organization’s president.
Hill was the UNM Annual Research Lecturer in 1982 and was named the United States Information Agency’s 1984-85 resident scholar in American Studies.

Hill delivered many scholarly papers on humor, particularly regional American humor, and on Mark Twain. His audiences included the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association.

He lectured abroad in Barcelona, Zaragoza and Madrid as well as in Helsinki, Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken.

Hill authored many literature texts and wrote or edited more than a dozen books including, “God’s Fool, Mark Twain.”

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Thomas Church Building Fund, 906 George Bush Drive, College Station, Tex., 77840.