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Trustee Emerita Janet Hill Dies at 74

Janet Hill, a Duke trustee emerita and mother of former Duke basketball star and current trustee Grant Hill, died Saturday at the age of 74.

All Duke flags will be lowered on campus on Thursday in Hill’s honor.

A principal with Hill Family Advisors in Fairfax, VA, Janet Hill was previously the owner and vice president of Alexander & Associates Inc. Which is a consulting firm. Provides corporate planning, advice and analysis to directors, officers and managers.

Hill was a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2021.

He was recently announce as the 2022 recipient of the Duke’s highest honour, the University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service. The award will presented posthumously in conjunction with Founders Weekend, 30 September to 1 October. We extend our deepest condolences to Calvin, Grant and the entire Hill family.


President Vincent Price said: “We direct Janet Hill to serve at the Duke.

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Duke President Vincent Price said: “We remember Janet Hill for her hard work, intelligence and energy directed at Duke’s service.” “Janet loved Duke with the boundless passion she had with all her

brought for commitments. And she always worked to help Duke become better. We are extraordinarily grateful for his life, his enthusiasm and his leadership. And we extend our deepest condolences to Calvin, Grant and the entire Hill family.

Janet Hill and her husband Calvin Hill,

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Janet Hill and her husband Calvin Hill, a former football star and former National Football League running back at Yale. were welcomed into the Duke community in 1990 as the parents of Grant Hill. who was a basketball recruit for then head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Grant Hill had an illustrious four-year career at Duke, including being named All-American twice in 1991 and 1992 and Duke in chief for the national championships. When Grant played his last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Cameron Crazies chanted “one”. More Kid” in Janet and Calvin Hill.

Honorary degree for five years

As a trustee, Janet Hill served on the Governance, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, and Graduate Education committees as well as the Strategic Task Force on the Future of Central Campus and the Duke’s Centenary Celebrations. He chaired the committee on honorary degrees for five years. He also served on the Presidential Search Committee which appointed Vincent E. Price recommended.

Janet and Calvin Hill chaired the Duke parenting committee when Grant was an undergraduate. For which he received the Charles A. Deux Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 1994.

Generous, Janet a loyal friend to many on board

“Janet was a dedicated trustee who improved the board with her knowledge, insight and tough questions,” said board chair Lauren Sperling. “Generous with her time and expertise, Janet was a loyal friend and mentor to many on board. We send our love to Calvin and Grant and share in their grief as we mourn the loss of Janet’s soul and her friendship.” mourning.”

“She was a force of nature, and we are so blessed to experience her Duke service,” said Trustee Lisa Borders ’79, who counted Hill as a mentor. “She was – and is – an example on so many levels.”

an only child growing up in new orleans

Born in 1947, Janet Hill grew up an only child in segregated New Orleans and attended Catholic schools for 12 years. In 1965, she went to Boston alone to attend Wellesley College. where he interacted with white people for the first time. Three days in, she felt out of her element and wanted to leave.

Speaking with Borders on Borders’ podcast “Enlightened”

Speaking with Borders on Borders’ podcast “Enlightened” in 2021, Hill shared that he had called home and hoped to find a sympathetic ear in his father. “But my mother answered the phone. You’re not going to believe they’re bad because they’re white.

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