In memory: Richard Thomas “Dick” Hill

Richard Thomas “Dick” Hill passed away suddenly at his Fort Collins home on Friday, June 23.

Dick was born October 11, 1934, in Hastings, Nebraska. After graduating from Hastings High School, he attended Hastings College where he received a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. He also received a degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Environics from Notre Dame University, and Marine Archaeology from Oxford University in England. Dick joined the United States Navy and became a Naval Aviator, flying in the Mediterranean. He then became a Naval Reservist where he retired as a Captain.

Dick had a distinguished career as an architect working in London, as a lecturer and professor at Kingston Polytechnic, University of North Carolina, Colorado State University, and in private practice.

He married Claire Conley in 1956 and they had three children: Andrew Thomas, Ann Elizabeth and Catherine Mary Hill. He married Beth Poynter (nee Keenan) on October 8, 1988, in Boulder,  and became step-father to Hollis, Sam and Matt.

He enjoyed swimming and diving, riding motorbikes, traveling the world, reading and instrument building. Dick was an avid supporter of the arts and loved archeology, especially marine archeology. Dick was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife Beth; children Ann and Catherin; brother Bob Hill; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nancy McCleery and step-daughter Hollis Poynter.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, June 30, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Stover St. with Father Lupton Abshire officiating. A reception will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Collins Library or Colorado Public Radio in care of Vessey Funeral Service. You are invited to leave a condolence for Dick’s family at

Obituaries compiled by CSU Public Relations Staff