Following a heroic battle with cancer, Robert Hildt passed away at his home on March 25, 2014, surrounded by his family. |
Rob lived in La Jolla with his wife Deborah, and daughter Natalie since the 80's. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended Culver City High School where he was a standout athlete, excelling in both football and track and field. Like his father before him, Rob's passion was the high hurdles, which earned him a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona. There he distinguished himself athletically, obtaining the Western Athletic Conference high hurdle championship title during his junior year.
Rob graduated from the U of A with a Bachelors degree in public administration. Soon thereafter was drafted into the US Army and sent to Vietnam. There he served with the 149th Military Intelligence Group and was tasked with recruiting Vietnamese agents, obtaining enemy troop movement information, bomb damage assessments and information to facilitate the rescue of POW's. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.
Upon discharge from the Army, Rob earned a Masters degree in banking at the University of Washington, and pursued a long career in the industry. He was instrumental in forming two new community banks, where he served as President and CEO.
Rob loved La Jolla and enjoyed giving back to his community as a volunteer, serving on the La Jolla Town Council, as well as the Traffic and Transportation Committee, the Christmas Parade Committee, and the La Jolla Community Center board.
It can't be emphasized enough how much Rob was deeply loved and respected by his family and friends. As a devoted father, one of the greatest joys of his life was the time spent with his daughter Natalie attending her athletic events. He will be remembered for his easygoing, friendly personality, optimistic attitude, generous nature and his ability to always see the good in people.
Rob will be laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and his family would like to extend an invitation to those who knew Rob to join them for a memorial service and celebration of life in La Jolla on April 12. Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to email Deborah for exact details at: email@example.com.
Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 4, 2014