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Robert Bruce Hill, M.D.

Hockessin, Del. - Robert "Bob" Bruce Hill, M.D., F.A.C.S., age 72, of Hockessin, after a year struggle with brain cancer, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 12, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was born in Pittsburgh, PA, son of the late Robert Maxwell and Elizabeth Marie (McCarthy) Hill. Bob began his secondary education at Chaminade College Prepatory School in St. Louis, MO., he then attended St. Louis University (a Jesuit Institution) in St. Louis, MO. for his undergraduate studies. Bob attended medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern, Dallas, TX and then went to complete his General Surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

During his residency, Bob met his wife, Catherine Rash Hill, who was an R.N. at the University of Pennsylvania. The couple was married in September of 1978. In 1979 Bob was deployed on the USS Nimitz for active duty in the Iran Crisis, which was the first aircraft carrier deployed. Bob was a Lieutenant Commander and Surgeon on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He was also the surgeon for the Seventh Fleet and the expeditionary forces to the MidEast, aboard the USS Midway where he joined his brother who was a helicopter pilot. During his military career, Bob traveled extensively to Iceland, Western Europe and through Asia.

Following his service in the US Navy, Bob served as a trauma surgeon at the Regional Trauma Center at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. He was also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Bob then went on to open his solo private practice in Haddonfield, NJ. He was the first surgeon to preform laparoscopic surgery in Camden County. He also went to the Ukraine to teach surgeons this procedure. Bob ran a busy and successful surgical practice for 33 years before retiring in 2017.

In his retirement Bob was dedicated to his family which even included him being an assistant baby-sitter to his grandchildren. Bob was a devoted Catholic, attending mass daily and would often spend time praying for his patients. He was a kind, concerning and extremely generous man and loved being a surgeon. Bob adored his dog, Lady Katie.

Bob will be dearly missed by his wife of 43 years, Cathy Hill, his children; Bridget Hill-Zayat (Salim) and Lauren Patrick (Jonathan), his grandchildren; Colin Zayat, Robbie Patrick, Ellen Patrick and Catherine Patrick, his twin brother Ronald Hill (MaryAnn) and many nieces and nephews. He was loved by all.

A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Greenville, DE. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Gioblastoma Foundation at .

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Published in Courier Post from Jul. 31 to Aug. 2, 2020.
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October 3, 2020
I am truly sorry to hear this sad news of Bob passing.
We were together at the Graduate Hospital surgical residency.
Bob always was a hard working surgeon and always ready to help out Others.
Rest In Peace.
S j Lanes md ( florida )
S Josep Lanes md
August 16, 2020
Dr Bob Hill one of the best people that walked this earth. My professor, mentor and friend. You will be missed.
Barry Miskin, MD, FACS
August 12, 2020
My deepest Condolences to all of the family. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Hill for many years and he was a wonderful surgeon and a true gentleman. I was so saddened to hear of his passing.
jennifer Furlong
August 10, 2020
Bob, You were everything God intended a man to be. You were endlessly kind and I will be forever grateful to you and Cathy for sharing the joy and love of your daughters. 'don't be too scared baby' still makes me laugh. We love & miss you.
Eddie & Ann Santiago
August 7, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
August 6, 2020
Bob was the best man I knew. He was kind and generous and caring and so much fun. We loved him dearly. Such a blessing to have known him.
Ellen Rash
August 5, 2020
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Eryn Santamoor
August 4, 2020
Bob was the most caring a compassionate doctor that I ever had the honor of working with. Whenever I referred a patient to him I knew that they were not only in the hands of an excellent surgery but a truly wonderful person. I know that all of my patients who saw him absolutely loved him. He made the world a better place for the people whose lives he touched and I am truly saddened to hear of his loss.
Thomas Marzili, MD
August 4, 2020
Bob, rest peacefully in our Saviors' arms. Thank you for all the good you did in this life for others.
Joe Flanagan
August 4, 2020
When you were fortunate enough to have known Bob you know you were blessed Rest In Peace dear Bob.
Sue Martinez
August 3, 2020
Words fail to describe how wonderful a person Bob was. In the few years that I was privileged to know him he became both a mentor and father figure. Without his encouragement I wouldn't be where I am today. I'll miss our chats about beautiful windows, the Jesuits and the PamAm Clipper. The world is a little darker with his passing, but I'll keep his contagious laughter and smile with me always.
Catherine Hannan
August 2, 2020
The best surgeon with a great compassion for his patients.
Margaret Hightower
August 2, 2020
Ellen Rash
August 1, 2020
I want to thank God and the family of Dr.Hill for giving me the opportunity to be there when he needed me the most. I truly loved him. Rest in your heavenly father arms. Peace and Blessings
Mary Newsome
July 31, 2020
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