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1963 Jeffrey 2022

Jeffrey Duane Dillman

October 22, 1963 — January 23, 2022

Jeffrey D. Dillman, age 58, died in his sleep in Durham, North Carolina, on January 22, 2022. He was born on October 22, 1963, in Columbus, Ohio, to Arline Ann Speelman and the late Duane Harmon Dillman.

Jeff graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles (1981), UCLA (summa cum laude, 1986), and Berkeley Law (1989). He was most recently the Managing Attorney and Co-Director of the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Jeff is survived and will be missed forever by his spouse Frances Susan Hasso, his mother Arline Speelman Dillman, his sister Lisa Michele Dillman, his children Jamal Laith Dillman-Hasso and Naseem Hadi Dillman-Hasso, and many friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations honoring Jeff’s life and interests may be made to any of the following organizations whose work he regularly supported: The Rosenberg Fund for Children (; Resist (; and Black Mamas Bailout Action by Southerners on New Ground (

A memorial service and reception for family, friends and colleagues to celebrate Jeffrey Dillman's life will be held outdoors at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC, on Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11 a.m. If you would like to be placed on a contact and information list for the event, please email

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