Joel G. Hill, educator

Joel G. Hill, who had taught at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was active in Episcopal affairs, died Sept. 18 at her Westminster, Vt., home of cancer.

The former Hagerstown resident was 78.


The daughter of Van Amburgh Goodrich and Francis Arnold Goodrich, the former Joel Ann Goodrich was born in Kansas City, Mo., and was raised in Del Mar, Calif.

She was a graduate of the Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in literature in 1974 from the University of Michigan.


She earned a master's degree in 1990 in organizational development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies.

In 1959, she married Stephen Prescott Hill and moved to Washington, and in 1968, the couple joined the Peace Corps and served in Brazil for two years.

She began her career with Johns Hopkins University in 1986, when she was the study coordinator for a cardiovascular study of adults in Hagerstown, where she also lived.

In 1988, Ms. Hill was promoted to faculty and taught graduate students at what was then the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Hygiene and Public Health. She retired in 2003, but continued to serve as a consultant to the school.

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Ms. Hill was ordained to the diaconate of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. After she and her husband retired, they moved to Westminster, Vt., where she became a deacon for St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Brattleboro. She was a member of the church's outreach and Godly Play teams.

She also served on the Commission for Ministry, Committee for Christian formation, the Deacon Council, and as the education for ministry coordinator of the Diocese of Vermont.

Ms. Hill was a biblical storyteller and a member of the Green Mountain Biblical Storytellers.

In addition to storytelling, she was a weaver and knitter and enjoyed camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at her church in Brattleboro.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, who retired in 2001 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ms. Hill is survived by two sons, Houston Prescott Hill of Wantage, N.J., and Coleman Goodrich Hill of Springfield, Vt.; a daughter, Allison Rachel Hill of Windsor, Vt.; two sisters, Lucinda Westover of Loveland, Colo., and Katherine "Kay" Haley of Greta, Neb.; and two grandsons.