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 miserablebuy
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"
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