Our friend and colleague, Luther L. Hill, Jr., died on April 23, 2013.
Luther was raised in Des Moines and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater where, with his fluent German, he assisted with the activities of the Office of Strategic Services. He went on to graduate from Williams College and Harvard Law School. Subsequent to law school, Luther clerked for United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Hugo Black in the 1951 term. Upon his return to Des Moines, Luther was in private practice and then began serving as counsel at Equitable Life Insurance Company of Iowa. He ultimately became the Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel and a director of Equitable of Iowa Companies. Upon his retirement from the Equitable Board of Directors, Luther returned to private practice, where he continued an active role in the national life insurance industry. Luther was instrumental in the formation of the national life insurance guaranty system, and was the Administrator of the Iowa Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association since its creation by the Iowa Legislature in 1987. Luther joined our firm in May 1992 and was an active "Of Counsel" until his death.
Luther was active in the Des Moines community, serving as a Trustee of Simpson College, Science Center of Iowa, Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation and The Thompson Trust, and had been President of the United Way of Greater Des Moines, a Director of F.M. Hubbell Son & Co. and a Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera. Luther was a member of The Association of Life Insurance Counsel since 1958 and was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2012.
Luther is survived by his wife, Sara Carpenter Hill, sons Luther III and Mark, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Please direct any questions to Tom Sullivan at 515-283-3126.