Robert H. Hill
December 26, 1939 ~ March 1, 2022
Bob Hill, a long-time collector and purveyor of used and rare books, died March 1 at his home in Nashville. He was 82. Mr. Hill died of an apparent heart attack according to his wife of 53 years, Anne McCallum Stark Hill. Born Robert Harold Hill in Lincoln, Nebraska, the day after Christmas in 1939, Hill was a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was named a Danforth Fellow at Princeton University, concentrating in medieval literature and studying with D. W. Robertson, Jr. He taught English literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, before moving to Nashville in 1971. He attended the George Peabody School of Library Science before becoming a bookseller for half a century. Mr. Hill was an ardent ecologist, deeply concerned about the environment and land-use issues. He was devoted to friends and colleagues and such causes as peace and civil rights. He was also a lover of poetry, an avid birdwatcher, and a frabjous father. He was preceded in death by his parents Martha Josephine Mahaffy Hill and Harold Clarence Hill, and brother Donald James Hill, all of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife and his daughter, Phoebe Anne Mahaffy Hill, and a host of cousins, in-laws, and extended family and friends. A memorial celebration will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to 350.org and the American Bird Conservancy.