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Gregory Scott Hillman ’12

Gregory Scott Hillman ’12, a native of Darien, Connecticut, drowned in the Hoosic River in North Adams, Massachusetts, sometime after July 4, 2009. He was on medical leave from the college after completing his first year of studies. Troubled by suicidal impulses, Gregory fled from an ambulance during a transfer from Berkshire Medical Center to the North Adams Regional Hospital, and was not intercepted in time to prevent his death. From his public obituary, we learned that he was a highly accomplished musician, composer, lyricist, singer, and songwriter, and that played and recorded in a long string of bands from an early age. His musical ability extended to performance on guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, and drums. He also was a good athlete and enjoyed basketball and baseball. “Generous, sensitive, full of humor, iconoclastic, and loving, Gregory was a spirited individual. He was beloved by many friends, to whom he was faithfully devoted, always making himself available in a time of need.” Survivors include his parents, two brothers and a sister, and his maternal grandparents.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2009

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