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March 19, 2013

Dr. W. Brian Hill, 80; of Jeffersonville

Dr. W. Brian Hill, 80, of Jeffersonville, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

He was born Dec. 14, 1932, and grew up in Illinois. He was valedictorian of Gridley High School, received his undergraduate degree from DePauw and his Ph.D from University of Illinois. He was the first science faculty member hired at Indiana University Southeast in 1958 and served as the acting executive officer of the campus in 1966. He was the principal force behind creating the IUS chemistry degree in 1971 and served as the Chairman of the Division of the Natural Sciences from 1973 to 1979. He retired in 1997 and founded the Brian Hill Chemistry Scholarship.

He was a gardening and horseracing enthusiast and has a brick at Churchill Downs with his nickname, “Mr. Superfecta.” He hosted legendary Derby parties, where he served his famous “Brian Grog.”

He is survived by his brother, David B. Hill, and two daughters, Erin Hill and Heather Hill.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Legacy Funeral Center, Jeffersonville. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Brian Hill Chemistry Scholarship through the IUS Office of Development 812- 941-2464.

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