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VAA Board Member Jeannie Hill Passes

Jeannie Hill
Jeannie Hill

September 5, 2013 - Jeannie C. Hill (Lehman) of Harvard, Illinois, passed away on September 1 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" Hill.

Jeannie and Dick restored three award-winning vintage aircraft together. A well-known aviation writer and lecturer, she co-authored several books and historical articles on various vintage aircraft.

Jeannie was elected to the Vintage Aircraft Association board of directors in 1990 and served in that capacity until her death. During her 40-plus years of volunteering for EAA, Jeannie started the Pioneer Airport video interview program and later expanded it to include video interviews during the annual EAA fly-in and convention. The program eventually grew into EAA's Timeless Voices.

For many years she served as chairwoman of the Vintage Aircraft Association Information Headquarters during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Jeannie was also instrumental in establishing EAA Chapter 1414 at her home airport in Poplar Grove, Illinois, and was also an adviser to the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum in Poplar Grove.

In 1977, Jeannie and Dick helped clear the site for the first Sun 'n Fun Fly-In on the south side of the Lakeland, Florida, airport. Jeannie served as the air show performers chairwoman for Sun 'n Fun for more than 35 years.

A celebration of Jeannie's life will take place within the next few months.

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