79, of Carmel, Indiana passed peacefully on February 17, 2022. Tom was born July 4, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to the late James Hill and Dympna (Byrnes) Brown. He earned his business degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1964. He also studied at the Harvard Business School and at the Army War College.
In civilian life, Tom worked for the IBM Corporation for 25 years as a Senior Marketing Representative. After an early retirement program, he began a new career with Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor before joining Planned Investment Inc. as Vice President until his retirement in 2020.
Tom proudly served in the United States Navy and as a Supply Officer in the Naval Reserve for over 38 years. He served aboard the Destroyer USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) until he left active duty in 1966. He affiliated with the Naval Reserve in 1969 and continued to wear the uniform in service to his country until his retirement in 2002. He was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in 1995 and Rear Admiral (Upper Half) in 1997. In his flag tour, he served as Mobilization Assistant, US Transportation Command and Commanding Officer of the Joint Transportation Reserve Unit.
Rear Admiral Hill’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Services Commendation Medal. His civilian and community activities included leadership roles with Kiwanis International, the Indianapolis Navy League, the Naval Reserve Association, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Naval Supply Corps Association. Tom was an engaging public speaker for many functions including Veteran’s Day events for the City of Carmel, numerous Navy Balls and at a NATO Exercise for all senior Admirals and Generals of NATO Countries in Bergen, Norway.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Karen (Beckley) Hill; his devoted daughters, Sandy (Richard) Burke, Kathi (Andrew) Vitale and Kelly (Matthew) McNairy; grandchildren Nat, Caden, Abby, Anna and Matthias; son-in-law David Parker and siblings, Linda (Joe) Hill-Lindsay, Bill (Susan) Hill and Gerry (Sharon) Hill and a host of lifelong friends, colleagues and sailors. Tom was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Parker.
Visitation for Tom will be held on Saturday, March 26th at Leppert Mortuary – Smith Carmel Chapel from 12:00 pm until time of inurnment and full military honors at 2:30 pm at Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest memorial contributions in Tom’s name to The Navy Supply Corps Foundation or The American Heart Association.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuary.com for the Hill family.