Retired AASD school superintendent leaves behind legacy

Charles M. Hill passes away at age 90


Retired Altoona Area School District superintendent and longtime Kiwanis club member Charles M. Hill, 90, Altoona, will be remembered for his dedication to children, said those who knew him.

Hill died Monday at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness.

He was a 1945 graduate of Altoona High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education.

He retired as Altoona Area School superintendent in 1984 after 14 years of service.

Retired Superintendent Dennis Murray succeeded Hill as the school district’s top official.

Murray, who served as superintendent for 30 years, learned the ropes of being a superintendent by working as assistant superintendent for Hill.

“He was a wonderful man and a gentleman. He truly was. And he was a mentor for me,” Murray said. “He helped me find out what was going on, finances, curriculum etc. and where things were being done well and where things weren’t.”

Murray and Hill kept in touch over the years.

“I miss him,” Murray said.

Former school board member Dick Lockard worked with Hill for 12 years.

“He was a good Christian man. He ran the district real well. I enjoyed working with him,” Lockard said, adding that Hill was an advocate for more state funding for schools.

Hill was a longtime member of the Kiwanis club along with another Altoona Area administrator, Frank Meloy.

Meloy worked in the district’s central administration office from about 1975 until 2010, when he retired.

“(Hill) was an intelligent, nice man and a good man to work with. As a superintendent, he was personable and kept us doing the things we needed to do by encouraging us to do our best,” Meloy said.

Meloy said Hill will be missed by the Kiwanis club, where he was a member for 40 years.

“At Kiwanis, we will really miss him. He attended regularly and was a really good person to have as a club member,” he said.

The service club meets weekly, and its mission is to serve the children of the world.

“It was right in line with what he did in life,” Meloy said.