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H O N O R A RY M A R S H A L In Memoriam

Norman J. Hill, Jr. (1960-2017)

Credit: David Surber.

Norman J. Hill, Jr. grew up in Roxbury and graduated from Northeastern University in 1982 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was appointed to the Boston Police Department on November 1, 1982 and worked in Districts A1, D4, and B2. It was in District B2 that Norman’s hard work and accomplishments were recognized, leading to his appointment to the Community Service Office in 1990. During his tenure as a Community Service Officer, he was appointed by Commissioner Roach as LGBT Liaison, a position he held from 1993 to 1999. Norman was a trailblazer in Boston’s LGBT and law enforcement communities. While working as LGBT Liaison, he spearheaded a successful recruiting effort that bolstered the ranks of openly gay and lesbian officers in the Department. He also participated in numerous in-service and academy trainings on LGBT

issues for law enforcement agencies across New England, including the Boston Police Academy and the Massachusetts State Police. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on February 14, 1995. In 1999, Norman vacated the post of Liaison, when he was promoted to Sergeant Detective, with an assignment to Internal Affairs, and then to Commander of Recruit Investigations. In recognition of decades of exemplary service to the Department and to the communities he served, Norman was appointed Deputy Superintendent on July 14, 2007 and placed in charge of administrative hearings. Norman retired from the Boston Police Department on August 13, 2010. After a brief but courageous battle with cancer, Norman passed away on February 4, 2017. He was 57 years old.

H O N O R A RY M A R S H A L In Memoriam

Judith Bradford (1943-2017)

Credit: Courtesy of Fenway Health.

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Dr. Judith Bradford was Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. She was widely respected for her groundbreaking contributions to research on the health of sexual and gender minority populations, including people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Judy was a leader in many important ways, having conducted research on HIV/AIDS, African-American women’s health, and transgender health and access to health care. She had a talent for developing sustainable community partnerships with members of hard-to-reach populations, which has resulted in several highly successful research collaborations. She sat on numerous study sections at the NIH, and was the first LGBT member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a prominent research institute.

Judy’s advocacy literally changed the way that LGBT health research is valued at the national level, most particularly concerning people within our communities who are hardest to reach yet most in need of services, such as LGBTQ youth, elders, and people of color. Because of the emphasis that she placed on creating strong community partnerships, she was a role model, exemplifying how participatory and ethical research should be conducted in order to truly consider the needs, concerns, and safety of the communities being studied. Her research at Fenway covered the lifespan, from young people exploring gender-variant identities to the special needs of LGBT seniors.

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