Roderick M. Hills

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Roderick M. Hills
Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
In office
October 28, 1975 – April 10, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byIrving M. Pollack
Succeeded byHarold M. Williams
Personal details
Roderick Maltman Hills

(1931-03-09)March 9, 1931
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
DiedOctober 29, 2014(2014-10-29) (aged 83)
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carla Anderson Hills
Alma materStanford University
Stanford Law School

Roderick Maltman Hills (March 9, 1931 – October 29, 2014) served as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1975 and 1977. Later he worked at the investment bank of Drexel Burnham Lambert and then at the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine.[1]

Cell 34A, President Gerald Ford and Roderick Hills greeting, handshaking near desk in Oval Office. Cells 35A-36A, Ford, Roderick Hills, Douglas Bennett, Cheney, seated around desk (Photos May 28, 1976, by Thomas, White House Photographic Office, Gerald Ford Library, B0010 NLGRF)
Cells 9-11, Roderick Hills meets with President Ford (back to camera) to discuss vacancy on SEC (Photos May 28, 1976, by Thomas, White House Photographic Office, Gerald Ford Library, B0039 NLGRF)


Hills was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Whittier, California, where he played high school football under the same coach as former President Richard M. Nixon. A janitor's son, Hills was the first in his family to go to college.[2][3]

Hills received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and then his Bachelor of Laws at Stanford Law School in 1955,[4] following which he served as law clerk to Justice Stanley F. Reed, Supreme Court of the United States, during 1955 to 1957.

In 1962, he founded the law firm of Munger, Tolles, Hills, and Rickershauser (now Munger, Tolles & Olson) along with six other lawyers.[5] He was also Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the US-ASEAN Business Council.[6] During his career he also served as a partner in the Washington law firm of Latham & Watkins, as the chief executive officer of Peabody Coal and—in the early 1980s—as the Washington-based head of a merchant banking arm of Sears that was known as Sears World Trade.[7] He had been, since 1996, a partner at the law firm of Hills & Stern. From 1984 until his death in 2014, he served as chairman of Hills Enterprises, Ltd. (formerly The Manchester Group, Ltd.).[8]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Carla Anderson Hills from 1958 until his death. His son, Roderick M. Hills Jr., is a law professor at the New York University School of Law, and his daughter, Laura Hills, attended Stanford Law School.[9][10]

Hills died on October 29, 2014, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore at age 83 of heart failure.[11][12]


  1. ^ BUSINESS PEOPLE; A Former S.E.C. Chairman Gets Donovan, Leisure Post
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Roderick M. Hills profile,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Munger, Tolles & Olson website Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Schudel, Matt (November 2, 2014). "Roderick M. Hills, Ford White House official who led SEC from 1975 to 1977, dies at 83". Washington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Notice of death of Roderick M. Hills,, October 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Profile Archived 2009-03-20 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  9. ^ Roderick M. Hills profile, NYU Faculty Profile,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  10. ^ Hills, Laura (May 29, 2015). "Remembrances: Roderick Mailman Hills, March 19, 1931 to October 2, 2014". Stanford Lawyer Magazine. Stanford Law School. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  11. ^ Obituary,; accessed November 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Notice of death of Roderick Hills,; accessed November 1, 2014.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ray Garrett, Jr.
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
Succeeded by
Harold M. Williams