Silvia Hinnom, 92, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on April 16, 2003, at Rosewood Health Center in Raleigh, NC. She was born November 5, 1920, in Estonia, where she grew up, finished high school, and attended the University of Tartu. In September 1944 she and her family fled, when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. After short stays in Poland and Austria she arrived in Stuttgart, Germany. She lived there in a United Nations refugee camp from 1945 to 1952, working in the United States Special Services Library.
In 1952 she immigrated to the USA. She was a long time resident of Chapel Hill, where she completed her studies in languages at UNC. From 1956 to 1986 she worked in the Pathology department of the UNC Medical School, working with students, teaching materials, and research literature. She coordinated numerous international conferences for researchers relating to blood clotting issues and edited the proceedings following the meetings. After retirement she became a volunteer for various local community services and was active in the local Estonian community. Silvia loved books, history, mythology, archeology, theater, and drama.
She is survived by her sister, Juta Hinnom Fowlkes of Raleigh.
A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sienna Hotel, 1505 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 2754.