Francis Gordon Hill
Francis Gordon Hill, better known as Dutch, passed away on November 24, 2022, in Dallas at age 75 of cancer. He was born to Nancy Logan Hill and Dwight Hill on March 21, 1947, in Rockford, IL. With his older brother, Tom, the boys had a treasured childhood, and the Hill family enjoyed many special adventures. In 1951 Dwight was recalled to service in the U.S. Navy and the family spent 18 memorable months in Newport RI.
Dutch graduated from West High School in Rockford, Rockford College, and Iowa State University where he earned his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine and was in the first graduating class of the U of I College of Medicine in Rockford. He did his internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Eric Edward (Liz, granddaughters Olivia and Ines); daughter, Lisa Kristin Cornell (Jeremy); son, Harrison; Beverly’s sons, Adam Sokal (Andrea, grandson Ian) and Peter Sokal (Emily); sister-in-law, Helen; brother-in-law, Randy Harrison (Carol), and cousins, grandniece, and grandnephew. Dutch’s parents predeceased him.
Dutch married Linda Ware in 1966 and they were divorced in 1988; they remained committed and loving parents to Eric and Lisa, as well as friends to each other.
In 1979 Dutch joined the Kaweah Medical Group in Visalia, CA in internal medicine. He worked there for nine formative years and made lifelong friends. In 1988 he moved to Dallas and worked at Baylor University Medical Center for six years; he then joined Dallas Diagnostic Association until his retirement in 2014. He loved his work; it gave him great fulfillment.
Dutch married Beverly Harrison Sokal in 1989. Her two children, Adam and Peter; their son, Harrison; and his children, Eric and Lisa, blended into a loving and beautiful family that was the joy of Dutch’s life.
His main avocation was music. Dutch was an accomplished guitarist. He loved his time in a folk music group in the 1960’s and a “garage” rock and roll band in the 2000’s. He also enjoyed skiing, golfing, gardening and cooking.
He cherished the group of friends he made at Brookhaven Country Club, where he was an avid golfer for almost 30 years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Rockford University, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford IL, 61108 to the Thomas Wrate Hill and Francis Gordon Hill Memorial Scholarship.
Services will take place at a later date.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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