Dr. Roland Hill, a St. Louis surgeon, is of Canadian birth, the place of his nativity being Aylmer, Ontario, and the date August 16, 1868. His father, Richard Hill, was also a native of Canada and of English descent. He devoted his life to farming and stock raising to the time of his death, which occurred in 1875 when he was forty-three years of age. In early manhood he had wedded Margaret Garrett, who was also born in Canada and was of English lineage. She died in 1873 at the age of thirty-eight years. Their family numbered four children, three sons and a daughter.
Roland Hill, the youngest of the family and the only one now living, was educated in the public and high schools of his native city and afterward attended Trinity Medical College, Canada, from which he was graduated with’ his professional degree in 1890. He afterward served as an interne in the Toronto General Hospital in 1890-91 and then came to St. Louis well equipped by theoretical training and practical experience for the work of the profession. Here he at once entered upon general practice, while later he took post-graduate work in the leading hospitals of the United States, pursuing his studies with the intention of concentrating his efforts upon surgery. In this field he has won for himself a creditable name and place and is now surgeon of St. Luke’s Hospital, the Bethesda and the St. Louis City Hospitals. He is well known through his connections with medical societies, belonging to the St. Louis, Missouri State and American Medical Associations, also to the Western Surgical Association of which he was president in 1919, and to the American College of Surgeons.
On the 12th of September, 1891, in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Hill was married to Miss Ella C. Hurdon, a native of that country and a daughter of John and Anna (Coomb) Hurdon. They have one son, Roland H., born in Canada.
Dr. Hill was a member of the auxiliary medical defense committee of St. Louis during the World war and a member of the volunteer medical service corps, of which he served as chairman. He was also a member of the state committee of the medical section. Recognizing the value of recreation and diversion for the maintenance of the best physical and mental development Dr. Hill turns to handball, water sports and fishing when leisure permits. He is a republican in his political views, always voting for the men and measures of the party and fraternally he is connected with Tuscan Lodge, No. 360, A. F. & A. M., being a worthy follower of the teachings and purposes of the craft. He is also well known in club circles through his membership in the Missouri Athletic Association and the University Club.