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call Mr. Frost’s leadership, counsel and
friendship. His hobbies included ram-
bling — in the Rockies, around Man-
hattan and in Scotland — and singing.
Mr. Frost was predeceased by his
first wife, and is survived by their
daughters Rebecca (and her husband,
Mohammad) and Hannah. He is also
survived by his wife, Susan, and their
children Abigail (and her husband,
John) and Robert (and his wife,
Navah), and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to one of the institutions men-
tioned above.
Cecelia Gordon Bowdoin (Hill)
, 91, wife of the late Ambas-
sador Robert Charles Hill, died peace-
fully on April 1 at the Arbor Hospice
in Ann Arbor, Mich., following a brief
illness. Her youngest son, James Bow-
doin Hill, was at her side.
Cecelia Gardner was born on Dec.
7, 1920, in Baltimore, Md., the daugh-
ter of Elinore McLane and William
GrahamBowdoin Jr. Privately tutored,
she spent her childhood first in Balti-
more, then in Aiken, S.C., Portland,
Maine, and Paris, France.
On Dec. 1, 1945, she married
Robert Charles Hill of Littleton,
N.H., and served at his side for 33
years at posts in Costa Rica, El Sal-
vador, Mexico, Spain and Argentina,
as well as in Washington, D.C. Mr.
Hill served as assistant secretary of
State for congressional relations
under President Dwight Eisenhower,
and assistant secretary of Defense for
international security affairs under
President Richard Nixon. The couple
also kept a home in the White Moun-
tains of New Hampshire throughout
their marriage.
During her years abroad, Mrs.
Gardner fully engaged herself with the
people of the various nations in which
they served. She attempted to repre-
sent the best qualities of U.S. culture:
empathy and sophistication.
Mrs. Gardner was an accomplished
mid-Atlantic tennis champion and du-
plicate bridge player, and an excellent
horsewoman. She also held member-
ships in the Chevy Chase, Elkridge and
Sulgrave clubs. Friends and family
members recall her as a faithful wife
and beloved mother.
Following Ambassador Hill’s death
in 1978, she was married for 20 years
to George Victor Gardner, a Roanoke,
Va., attorney. The couple resided in
Washington and Naples, Fla. Mr.
Gardner died in August 2010.
Mrs. Gardner was predeceased by
her twin sister, Anne Graham Bow-
doin, in 1921, and by her elder sister,
Elinora Bowdoin Bolton, who died on
Feb. 7 at the age of 93.
She is survived by her two sons,
James Bowdoin Hill (and his wife,
Laura) of Ann Arbor, Mich., and
William Graham Bowdoin Hill of
Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren,
Douglas and Sean Hill of Ann Arbor,
and Robert and George Hill of Buenos
Aires, Argentina; two sisters, Jane
Moody of Portland, Ore., and Dana
Poole of New York City; a brother,
Winthrop Smith of Gorham, Maine;
and many nieces and nephews.
Donations in her memory may be
made to Old Saint Paul’s Church, Bal-
timore, Md.
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