John L. Hill ’47 LLB
John L. Hill, ’47 LLB, was a member of UGA’s Greatest Generation. The following information was shared by Dickey Erwin, ’87 EDS, of Perry, GA.
John was born in Dawson, Georgia on August 5, 1921. He attended grade school and high school in Dawson until his senior year. The school was condemned that year, therefore he moved to Cochran, Georgia where he graduated from Cochran High School in 1938. He was on the basketball team his senior year. After graduation from high school, he entered Middle Georgia College, a junior college in Cochran. He was very active there playing football and baseball. He was also Student Body President, Sports Editor of the college newspaper “The Kernel”, captain of the football team, and President of the M Club.
After graduation from MGC, John enlisted in the Army Air Force in April 1942. He was commissioned at Luke Field and assigned to Westover Field for operational training in the P-47 fighter. The unit was deployed via the Queen Elizabeth in November 1943. John flew 45 combat missions with the 8th Air Force and 48 combat missions with the 9th Air Force for a total of 93 combat missions. He was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 Air Medals, and the Distinguished Unit Citation. He was discharged of active duty on July 11, 1945. Later he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve as a Captain on December 2, 1950. He was released from that duty as a Lieutenant Colonel on April 30, 1966.
After the war John returned to his native state and enrolled in the University of Georgia law school. While attending law school he met and married Lucinda Sue Tyler on March 27, 1946, who also graduated from the University of Georgia. This happy marriage produced three children: Patricia Hill Elliott (Bob), Robert Tyler Hill, and Judy Ann Hill Orcutt (John), three grandchildren: Jeffrey Scott Taylor (Lynn), Carrie Leigh Orcutt, Suzanne Tyler Orcutt, and two great grandchildren: Sarah Nichole Taylor and Kelsey Leigh Taylor.
After graduation from law school on August 30, 1947, John began a long and successful career with Hartford Insurance Company in the Claims Department in December 1947. After 36 years and a series of promotions he retired from Hartford as Vice President and Deputy Director of the Claims Department in 1983.
John served in various capacities of many civic organizations and earned the admiration and respect of friends, co-workers, and family. He loved to read, work crossword puzzles, play tennis, and bowl but most of all play golf. He and Sue entered several golf tournaments across the country and in Bermuda through the military TROA organization now known as the MOAA. The entire family enjoyed a six week trip across the United States. Sue and John traveled to England, Spain, and other European countries, and also to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Morocco, Nova Scotia, Alaska, Panama Canal, Bahamas, and Hawaii.
John died in Vero Beach, Florida on September 27, 2008.