Morton Hillman, a veteran of the music industry and former member of the New York State Assembly, passed away peacefully Feb. 3, in Delray Beach, Fla.
Born in 1926, he grew up in Norwood and Cincinnati, Ohio. As a musician playing cornet and trumpet, he served in the USO during World War Two. He later became a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as a trumpet player. His vocal group, the “C-notes,” made an appearance on the Arthur Godfrey show, placing second to Steve and Eydie Gormé. As advertising director of “Record World Magazine,” he was known throughout the music and entertainment industry.
Settling in the Beechhurst/Whitestone section of Queens in the early 1960s, he continued his activities as a community leader and activist. In 1986, he was elected to the New York State Assembly to serve three terms for the 26th Assembly District, and later was appointed to the Bi-State Commission on Long Island Sound. Retiring to Delray Beach, Fla., he is survived by his wife Ruth, his children, Lois and William, his grandchildren, Oren, Eitan, and Sharon, and his great-granddaughter Madeline. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor can be made to the Jewish War Veterans, The American Diabetes Association or the National Breast Cancer Foundation.