Looking Back: Discovering Dudley Toll Hill

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By Aviva Hope Rutkin

It’s hard to believe, but we are still discovering new things about the Concordiensis.

Recently, it came to our attention that we have an endowed fund left to us by one Dudley Toll Hill. Being the intrepid reporters we are—and excited about our new set of funds—we set out to discover exactly who would be so unusually generous.

Hill graduated from Union in 1907. He went on to work as the managing editor of The Schenectady Gazette, the newspaper that currently prints the Concordiensis, for 38 years. He also served as the president of the Scotia Rotary Club.

In 1918, Hill led a resolution of opposition against a proposed plan to extend Nott Terrace through the college. The graduate council adopted his plan to “use all means in their power to prevent such invasion of the college grounds,” an endeavor that was evidently successful.

Hill was a Union legacy; he descended from Reverend John Calvin Toll, a member of Union’s first graduating class.

Hill’s son Albert also graduated from here in 1948. He was a decorated World War II veteran, receiving a Purple Heart for his service. He later went on to graduate from Harvard Law and founded John Calvin Toll Community Day in 1999.

His legacy lives on in our newfound fund. From one journalist to another: thank you, Mr. Hill.

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