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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Healthy Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Wherever You Go, Whatever You Do, And Whoever You Meet, Always Leave Them Better Than How You Found them.

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1947
Birth Location:
Boston, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Healthy Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Wherever You Go, Whatever You Do, And Whoever You Meet, Always Leave Them Better Than How You Found them.

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1947
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

John Nathan Hill was born on November 19, 1947 in Boston, Georgia. His mother was a schoolteacher, his father a farmer and the first African American to own and operate a dry cleaner in Boston. In 1965, Hill earned his high school diploma from Magnolia High School in Thomasville. While a student, he participated in track team, glee club, band, Future Farmers of America and the 4-H club.

Hill excelled academically in his two years of undergraduate studies at Clark College in Atlanta (1965- 1967) and moved on to Mercer School of Pharmacy. While in pharmacy school, he interned at Grady Hospital in Atlanta but was drafted into the United States Army before completing his degree.

From 1969 until 1972, Hill served in Vietnam for the Army Security Agency Signal Corp. After his discharge, he earned his B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee in 1973.

In 1972, Hill started his fifteen-year career with Sears & Roebuck Company as a credit management trainee in Nashville. He became the first African American to serve in several management positions at the company including credit field representative in Memphis and credit sales and collections manager in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1987, Hill left Sears to work as national operations director for Discover Card. He served in a number of management positions at Discover until he became President and COO of Morgan Stanley / Discover Bank in 1994. In 2001, Hill transferred to Scotland and served as head of operations for Morgan Stanley’s International Consumer Banking Group, a position he kept until he retired in 2004.

Hill is a member of a number of professional banking and financial organizations including: the Delaware Bankers Association, American Bankers Association, American Bankers Council 2000, and the Advisory Board at the University of Delaware, School of Business.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Nathan Hill describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Nathan Hill describes his mother's personality and her growing up in Dixie, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Nathan Hill describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Nathan Hill describes how his parents met in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Nathan Hill recalls his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Nathan Hill talks about tracing his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Nathan Hill describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - John Nathan Hill recalls playing with his cousins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - John Nathan Hill recalls his family's holiday traditions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - John Nathan Hill talks about his sister and her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Nathan Hill recalls growing up on Railroad Avenue in Boston, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Nathan Hill describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Boston, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Nathan Hill recalls his family's first telephone
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Nathan Hill describes his elementary school in Boston, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Nathan Hill describes himself as an elementary school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Nathan Hill recalls Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Boston, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Nathan Hill describes his junior high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Nathan Hill recalls Magnolia High School in Thomasville, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John Nathan Hill describes his decision to attend pharmacy school at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Nathan Hill recalls the civil rights era in Boston, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Nathan Hill recalls witnessing the Civil Rights Movement as a student in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Nathan Hill recalls pledging Clark College's Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Nathan Hill describes his decision to stop studying pharmacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Nathan Hill remembers being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Nathan Hill recalls serving in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Nathan Hill remembers studying biology and chemistry at Austin Peay State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Nathan Hill recalls joining Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1973
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John Nathan Hill recalls being a Sears, Roebuck and Co. representative in the South during the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - John Nathan Hill describes his career at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Nathan Hill recalls being among the first African American corporate employees at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Nathan Hill talks about the fate of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Nathan Hill talks about the consolidation of corporations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Nathan Hill recalls the launch of the Discover card by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Nathan Hill talks about the opportunities and mentoring that he received at Dean Witter Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Nathan Hill reflects upon African Americans in senior positions at financial institutions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John Nathan Hill recalls becoming president and chief operating officer of Greenwood Trust Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John Nathan Hill describes his role as chief operating officer of Greenwood Trust Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - John Nathan Hill talks about the need for opportunities in the financial sector for African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - John Nathan Hill recalls the offer to relocate as Morgan Stanley Consumer Banking Group International's head of operations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Nathan Hill talks about living in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Nathan Hill gives advice to African Americans interested in financial services and banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Nathan Hill reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Nathan Hill describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Nathan Hill talks about the people who have influenced his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Nathan Hill narrates his photographs