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Hill, J. Stanley

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Oral History

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Stan Hill was born on 24 July 1914 in Merrickville, Ontario, the younger of two boys. The Hill family moved frequently when Stan was young, making brief stops in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New York before landing in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, in 1923. Here Stan attended local schools, finishing high school in 1929 at age fifteen. The following year, 1930, Stan started at Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance in St. Paul, in the actuarial department. He was married (1938, wife Doris), living in St. Paul, and working at Minnesota Mutual when in February 1941 he was drafted into the US Army. Stan had duty stations at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and, after completing officer candidate school (OCS), as a training instructor in Pennsylvania. In 1943 he was made an actuary; specifically, as an Army actuary Stan's job was to ascertain what types of replacement troops the Army would require, and, based on casualties, how many would be needed. His duty stations included Washington, D.C., New York, and Italy (1944-45). In late 1945 Stan was rotated back to the US and discharged from active duty; he remained in the Reserves until 1955, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Again a civilian, Stan returned to Minnesota Mutual, where he worked in the actuarial field and, later, computer applications. He left the company in 1969 to begin his own business, Digiplan, and also was involved throughout the 1970s and 1980s in other business ventures and with community service.


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