Janet Hill grew up in segregated New Orleans, the conscientious daughter of parents who were both professionals. An only child, Janet was doted on by her father. "She ran the show," says Grant. In 1965, she left for Wellesley College, which was "all female and all white" Two days later Janet called home to her father with a plan. "He was going to bring me home, transfer me to Tulane, and because I was so miserable—buy me a car," she recalls. Only her mother answered the telephone. And the rest is history. Her mother, Vivian McDonald, insisted that Janet remain at Wellesley. Janet stayed and became a mathematician.

Janet met Yale football star (and soon-to-be NFL star Calvin Hill) after a Harvard-Yale Game, married, and they had Grant. Grant grew up, very tall and very shy. "I just wanted to be normal and I wasn't" recalls Grant.

Janet, "The General" was very strict. "All the other kids were sneaking out of the house. I'd get up to go to the bathroom and my mother would peek around the corner - where are you going..?" says Grant.

Janet recalls those days with a gleam in her eye. She laughs when talking about her favorite movie, 48 hours, which she also insists is Grant's favorite movie. She also says a little piece of her died when Grant went to Duke and majored in history as opposed to mathematics.

Janet, formerly a Trustee of Wellesley College and a successful consultant in Washington, DC, is about to spoil her new granddaughter, courtesy of Grant's wife, Grammy-nominated Tamia Washington Hill. "I'm going to have issues with that" says Grant.

For more information on Grant log on to www.granthill.com.

 

 


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Facts about Grant

  • Seven-Time NBA All-Star forward, plays for the Orlando Magic

  • Co-Rookie of the Year in 1995

  • Won back-to-back NCAA championships with Duke in 1991 and 1992

  • Has given $1million to his alma mater and runs his own charitable foundation

  • Father is Calvin Hill, the star running back from Yale who played ten seasons in the NFL
 
 

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