Sadly, David K. Hill, Jr., one of the members of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research Advisory Board, philanthropist, developer and family man passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008. He was 67.
David fought a long, courageous battle against cancer with the same positive spirit and energy reflected in every other aspect of his life. He had a deep, unfaltering passion for the homebuilding industry. "It wasn't always about business. It was about helping people, and that will be his legacy." - Douglas K. Ray, president and CEO of Daily Herald parent company Paddock Publications.
David K. Hill led Kimball Hill Homes as it grew into one of the largest privately held home building companies in the United States. Following in the home building tradition of his father, Kimball Hill Sr., he founded Kimball Hill Homes in 1969, starting out building suburban homes in the Chicago area, and eventually creating the 22nd largest homebuilder in the country.
Born in Evanston, David Hill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and Northwestern University Law School with honors. Hill was a longtime civic leader in the suburbs whose contributions included developing new programs at local hospitals. He helped start the North West Housing Partnership, supported the WINGS domestic violence shelter in Palatine, and served as trustee at Roosevelt University and Harper College, where he also created an endowment scholarship fund.
"He prided himself on building not just homes, but neighborhoods and communities," said Pastor Seth Moland-Kovash, himself an owner of a Kimball Hill home.
David and his father, Kimball Hill, were inducted into the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Hall of Fame – an award program that recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting national contributions to the Housing industry in the United States as well as to the National Association of Home Builders. We will miss him greatly.