EASTON — John Ross Hill of Easton, Maryland, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at his home in Easton. He was 79.

Born in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14, 1941, he was the son of the late John Geddy Hill and Mary Anna Hill. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1969. He attended college at the University of Maryland College Park, where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr. Hill was employed for 32 years as a civilian employee at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as the Branch Head for the Hydromechanics Laboratory, where he taught Naval Architecture, as well as conducted research for the Department of Defense. Prior to his career at the United States Naval Academy, he worked as a Naval Architect in the private sector. During his career, he served on numerous maritime technical advisory committees.

When his children were younger, he served as a volunteer coach for their indoor and outdoor soccer teams, as well as an assistant swim coach for the Talbot County YMCA swim team.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ellen Hill, of Easton, Maryland; his son Christopher G. Hill and his wife Alison, of Annandale, Virginia; his son Douglas R. Hill and his wife Beth, of Sykesville, Maryland; his sister, Nancy A. Dalager of Oxford, Maryland; his nephew, John “Jay” G. Dalager of Oxford, Maryland; and four grandchildren, Connor E. Hill and Avery R. Hill both of Sykesville, Maryland, and Alexa K. Hill and Sean P. Hill both of Annandale, Virginia.

Funeral services and private burial will be at Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Maryland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Oxford Museum, 101 S. Morris St., PO Box 131, Oxford, MD 21654.

To send condolences to the family and to sign the guest book, please visit: www.fhnfuneralhome.com.

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