Former Johnson City doctor and ETSU Quillen grad dies in plane crash

Johnson City Press • Updated Nov 4, 2019 at 4:31 PM

A Quillen College of Medicine graduate and former local physician died in a plane crash in Kentucky on Thursday night, according to an East Tennessee State University statement. 

Clint Hill, 49, was killed when his plane crashed at Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah. He was the only person on board, and the crash was still under investigation. 

After graduating from the medical school in 2001, Hill worked in Johnson City as an orthopedic surgeon for two years, treating traumatic injuries and spinal issues. ETSU Associate Dean for Admissions and Records Doug Taylor said Hill would be remembered for his medical skills and as a friend to the university community.

“He came to us with some unique qualifications, not the least of which was his background as a NASCAR cylinder head specialist — the only one of those to ever attend Quillen,” Taylor said in a Monday statement to the Press. “Those of us who knew him were quite shocked and saddened to learn of his death. Clint was most excellent at everything he did including fatherhood, his education, his practice of medicine and his piloting skills.

“He was well-liked and respected by our faculty and staff and was well-loved by his classmates. As a testament to this, there are a number of his former classmates on their way to services for him today.”

Hill leaves behind five children and his wife, Kathy, whom Taylor described as his “soul mate and life partner.” 

“We at the Quillen College of Medicine grieve his passing, as we have lost a colleague, friend and an excellent graduate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Taylor said. 

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