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Grant Hill remembers mother Janet Hill as leader who ‘made the world bend for her’

Grant Hill’s mother Janet Hill has passed away following a battle with brain cancer, their family announced in a statement on Twitter. The former NBA…

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Grant Hill’s mother Janet Hill has passed away following a battle with brain cancer, their family announced in a statement on Twitter.

The former NBA star and sports commentator paid an emotional tribute to his mother and said that the loss has been “devastating” for their family.

In the family statement about her passing, Janet was remembered as a ‘dedicated champion’ for the organisation she had served at.

We take a look at her career and legacy amid the heartbreaking news.

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Janet Hill has passed away

Janet Hill passed away on Saturday (August 13th, 2022) after she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma last year, an aggressive type of cancer that affects the brain and spinal cord.

“Just like she’s done with everything in her life, she confronted this brain cancer with tremendous strength, courage & dignity,” her son Grant wrote in a touching Twitter tribute. “This loss for our family is devastating. She will forever be missed.”

Grant shared a statement on behalf of his family which read: “In her public life, Janet was known as a dedicated champion for the organizations she represented, a committed philanthropist and board member, a highly respected professional, and mentor to many.

“In her private life, Janet was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Our family has lost an extraordinary, caring, and inspiring human being and her wisdom, passion, and life lessons will forever be the foundation of everything we do.

The Dallas Cowboys, where Grant served as a running back, said in a statement: “She uniquely served and benefited our community and our country in very special ways over the course of her amazing life journey. Our prayers are with Calvin, Grant, the entire Hill family and so many others who were touched and enriched by having Janet in their lives, like we did.”

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Over a year ago my mother was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. Just like she’s done with everything in her life, she confronted this brain cancer with tremendous strength, courage & dignity. This loss for our family is devastating. She will forever be missed. #RIP mom. IU Mom!!! pic.twitter.com/imChcGxPB4— grant hill (@realgranthill33) August 16, 2022

Inside Janet Hill’s career and legacy

Janet was born an only child in 1947 in New Orleans and attended Catholic schools for 12 years. She later earned her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and graduated from the University of Chicago with a MA degree in Mathematics Education.

Janet held various roles in her career, having worked as a college and high school math teacher, mathematician researcher and White House liaison assistant for Clifford Alexander, who was secretary for the Army at the time.

She served on the boards of several firms, including The Wendy’s Company, the Carlyle Group, Dean Foods, Houghton Mifflin Company, among others.

Janet was also a trustee at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Duke University. The latter was set to reward her with the Duke University Medals for Distinguished Meritorious Service later in 2022.

Grant remembered mother as someone who ‘made the world bend’

Grant remembered his mother as someone who ‘made the world bend for her’.

In his 2022 autobiography, he wrote of Janet: “In a foreign world, she didn’t bend her self-worth for the sake of conformity. She made the world bend for her. She’d spend her lifetime often as the only woman of color — frequently, the only woman, period — in corporate conference rooms and board meetings.”

He continued: “She would often hold the door open behind her, making inroads for others who looked like her to eventually follow.”

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