Charles E. Hill

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Charles E. Hill, president emeritus of RCTC, 99, passed away peacefully in his sleep at 5:45 a.m. Monday, June  30, 2014.

Charles was born at home on the farm in Wright County, Iowa, the only child of Harland E. Hill and Emma (Mickelson) Hill. He met his first wife, Amy (Austin) Hill, in kindergarten in Clarion, Iowa, who he married in 1939. He graduated from Clarion High School in 1931, later graduated from University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, in 1935, and received his master's degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1938. Charlie had several teaching jobs before becoming a professor of history, political science and sociology and head of the Social Science Department at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 1942, he accepted the position of acting dean and also taught American history, world history, and American government at the Junior College in Creston, Iowa. In 1943, he took over the position of dean until leaving in the summer of 1953 to become dean of Rochester Junior College. Charles retired from Rochester Community College in 1982 but continued to be active in attending events at the college with his second wife, Rose (Danzer) Hill. 

Charles was a member of Kiwanis Club for 60 years and was very proud of his 60-years perfect attendance. He was also a longtime member of the Rochester Chorus and First Presbyterian Church. Charlie was active in many community activities and a member and officer of numerous local, state and national educational associations. He was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He enjoyed singing all of his life, sports, theater and travel.

He is survived by his third wife, Helen (Johnson) Hill of Rochester; and his daughters, Sally (Bob) Elliott, Clear Lake, Iowa and Rebecca (Jevan Loshbough) Hill, Mason City, Iowa. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Amy (Joe) Coffman, Rochester, John (Gina) Elliott, Richfield, Aaron Elliott, Rochester and Matthew Simpson, Rochester; and five great-granddaughters, Anna Kytonen-Coffman, Grace, Sarah and Faith Coffman and Rose Marie Elliott. Charles also had many step-children and step-grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Amy (1974); his wife, Rose, and beloved son, Chuck (1969).

At Charles' request in lieu of flowers, he would prefer donations be made to any of the three scholarships that he established: the Hill Memorial Scholarship, the Hill Music Scholarship and the Hill Theatre Scholarship at Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation, 851 30th,  Ave. S.E.,  Rochester, MN 55904.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, July 14, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester, MN 55902. at 11 a.m.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 2, 2014
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