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February 09, 2014
Kelly and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your dad watching us play in Colorado. When I got hurt, he was there to comfort me. He was a very genuine man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
January 29, 2014
Prof. Dave Hill and COGA staff were so welcoming to those of us who participated in the IGU's Commission on Geographical Education Symposium in Boulder, August 1992. He was a mentor for many of us and will be missed in the classroom, field trips and among family and friends. Condolences to his family, colleagues and many friends.

Greg Nelson
NGS SGI '91/GEON
Lincoln NE
January 29, 2014
Dear Myhra, family and friends,
Our condolences on your loss. Dave was a wonderful teacher and mentor to so many students at the Univ. of Colorado. His legacy will continue on through the countless geographers he trained. With sympathy,
January 29, 2014
I have often wondered what it would be like to meet and become friends with one of the finest people in the world.
To his credit he made the process one of the easiest and most joyous experiences I have known....
He will always be missed, even once the grief has passed. He will be missed because he had such a giving nature to all around him, even institutions. Giving, while allowing the embrace in receiving his generosity to be, so gentle, so easy.
I have been very fortunate to know him, my condolences to all...
January 29, 2014
Dear Myhra, family and friends,

What a good and decent human being was Dave Hill. He cared deeply about students and teaching, he was a terrific educator and mentor, and he thought deeply about what constitutes a good and meaningful life.

Dave was my PhD mentor at Colorado from 1975-81 and we have remained in contact through all these many years. Dave's encouragement and support were crucial when I was presented quite suddenly with the opportunity to do my dissertation work in the Brazilian Amazon. I was faced with learning Portuguese in short order, knew virtually nothing about Brazil or the Amazon, and had less than four months to prepare for the field. I was very uncertain about accepting the offer and I can well remember Dave looking at me and saying, of course you can do this, and saying so with the amazingly sweet smile of his, and the chuckle that followed. He shared his experiences and stories of his dissertation fieldwork in Chiapas, Mexico that served me well during my time in the field. Later, when I got my first academic position, it was Dave who I turned to when I needed advice or just someone to chat with about work and family. He was a good friend and I will miss him very much.
January 29, 2014
Dave was a visionary who energetically worked to make geography a part of every student's school experience. He was an advocate for including it as an integral part of the K-12 curriculum. As a key figure in the Alliance network, Dave made the Colorado Alliance one of the nation's strongest and most effective. He cast a long shadow and touched many lives in signifiant and enduring ways. I value what I learned from him by both word and example.
January 29, 2014
Dave was always a friend and supporter to the geography teachers in Nebraska. We will sincerely miss his wit, drive and vision. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
January 29, 2014
David was aguest in a KU Knos Institute in 1967. It was a pleasure interacting with him in the ensuing years I was active in NCGE and AAG. He was one of my heros. May angels of light accompany him on his journey.
January 29, 2014
Dave was a pioneer in making geographic education an integral part of our discipline. His work in Colorado inspired not only K-12 educators, undergraduates, and graduate students but it also influenced Alliance coordinators across the country. Geography owes a great deal to Dave Hill.
January 29, 2014
Myhra and Family,
Dave was a mentor to so many in Geographic Education. I count myself so very fortunate to be among them. I still have the teaching portfolio he encouraged me to assemble long before portfolios were the norm (1978). My first publication is co-authored with Dave. I have been and will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to have known him and for the encouragement and mentorship he gave me, even after I left Boulder.

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