Dr. Daniel G. Hill Jr. 83, a retired dean of the Howard University School of Religion, died of arterosclerosis Sunday at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Hill, who was a sociologist and social worker as well as a minister, began teaching at Howard in 1945 and a year later was named dean of the Andrew Rankin Chapel on the campus. He was named dean of the school of religion in 1958 and held that post until he retired in 19649
A native of Annapolis, Dr, Hill grew up in Baltimore. He graduated from Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pa., in 1917 and then was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army infantry. He served in France during World War I.
He was ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1921. His first church was in independence, Mo. He later served a church in Denver, where he earned a bachelor in divinity degree from the high school of Theology at the University University of Denver.
In 1929, he moved to Portland, Ore., where he was pastor of a church and where he earned a master's degree in sociology and a certificate in social work at the University of Oregon in 1932. During the period he was a probation officer in the Court of Domestic Relations in Portland. From 1933 to 1943, he headed a church in Oakland, Calif, and for three of those years he also was a supervisor in the California state relief administration.
He earned a master's degree in sacred theology at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., and a doctorate in theology from the Iliff School of Religion in 1946. From 1943 until joining the Howard faculty in 1945, he was back in Denver, where he was chairman of the Denver Race Relations Commission.
Dr. Hill was a member of the fellowship of Reconciliation, the NAACP, the Urban League, the Washington Conference of the Methodist Church, the Religious Heritage of America, and the Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He was a charter member and treasurer of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.
One of Dr. Hill's first sermons at the Rankin Chapel at Howard was included in G. Paul Butler's "Best Sermons of 1947." He was the author of numerous articles on religious and sociological questions. He also published work on black history.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Edwads Hill, whom he married in 1919, of the home in Washington; three daughters Jeanne Flateau, of Brooklyn, Margaret Martin, of Washington, and Doris Cochran, of Weldon, N.C; a son, Dr. Daniel G. III, of Toronto; four sisters, Violet Wythe, of Baltimore, and Esther Isaacs, Grace Jacobs and Lee Fletcher, all of Petersville, Md.; a brother, Joseph Newton Hill, of New York City; 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.