Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Benny Hill

Benny J. Hill - 2006

Benny J. Hill started his career as a research assistant at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory for two years before returning to SWOSU as a physics instructor for one year.

He then returned to Los Alamos as a staff member performing computational modeling of various nuclear physics and other processes while taking graduate courses in physics and mathematics from the University of New Mexico.

In 1964, he returned to SWOSU and assumed the chair’s position of the Physics Department which he held until 1990. His long and tireless service built the physics program into a nationally-known program which graduated 350 students.

Majors in biophysics and engineering physics were added under his leadership and he started a Society of Physics Students chapter that even today is routinely recognized as one of the nationally outstanding chapters of SPS.

Hill was very active in placing graduates in jobs or graduate schools and maintaining relationships with alumni to build a very strong SWOSU Physics Alumni Association that ensured placement of future graduates.

His contributions to science education went far beyond the SWOSU classroom. He was a regular presenter at local, regional, state and even international science fairs.

In 1985, Hill began part-time corporate defense work for BDM Corporation. Following his retirement in 1990, he joined the company where he managed numerous invention, design, manufacturing, testing and evaluation programs critical to the United States defense and security programs.

Hill retired for a second time in 2003. He now resides in Sante Fe, N.M., where he pursues interests in history, Indian and Spanish cultures, painting, writing and photography.