Robert  Hite

Robert Hite

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Robert Hite touched many, disparate and far-reaching. On May 27, he lost a short and fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by the love of his immediate family. At heart and by profession Hite was an artist. He was born in 1956 and spent his childhood outside of Bowling Green, a small town in rural Virginia. Hite envisioned himself as an artist from an early age. He traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and South America, and he enjoyed early success in the eighties as an abstract landscape painter in Washington, DC. During the 1990s, Hite continued as an artist and commercial art director in New York City. Hite married his former wife Katherine Roberts, and they had two children, Aidan and Adeline. In 1997, the Hites moved to the Hudson Valley, and Hite transformed an old Methodist Church in Esopus, NY into his studio.

Hite has shown his work widely, most notably solo shows at The Nassau County Museum, Berkshire Museum and a solo installation at the Albany International Airport in New York.

In 2014, Hite was awarded the John Guggenheim Fellowship.

Hite often referred to his work as having a certain whimsy, but also a pathos. Though his work deals in abstraction, images of structures, dwellings, living spaces and the stories behind them are central to his pieces, which include paintings, sculpture and photography. One might say they are reflections of what home or domicile represent. Hite once said that his work is “an homage to people with lives that don’t get noticed so much. All of their stories are important to our culture.”

Hite is survived by his immediate family, his siblings Beth McGee, Janet Gibson, Sidney Hite, Eva Hite, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Alfred and Mildred Hite. Robert Hite lives on through his art, as well as the effect which he had on so many he crossed paths with, nurtured, supported, and loved.

We plan to have a celebration of Hite’s life in the near future. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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VyCurtis Alsop Noel

Posted at 09:01pm
Sorry so to hear of Rob's passing. We graduated together and I followed his accomplishments. Praying for the family.

Barbara Bolecek Gillett

Posted at 12:10pm
I was so saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. I had not seen him since childhood in Bowling Green where his family was so dear to me. What a remarkable and talented person he was! I extend sincere condolences to all his family., and hold you in my thoughts and prayers. Barbara Bolecek Gillett

Sandy Taylor

Posted at 09:05am
I was so sorry to learn of Rob's passing and offer my sincere condolences to all of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy Deihr

Posted at 08:54am
My condolences to the family. I have so many fond memories of Rob growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lynn Blatt Jordan

Posted at 11:06am
Rob left an imprint on my heart that will always be there. He was an amazing kid and a remarkable man. His deep compassion for others, his optimistic outlook on life, his humor and his zest for new adventures will never be forgotten! It is with a broken heart and too many memories to mention, I offer my sincere condolences to Katie, Aiden, Adeline and to Beth, Janet, Sid, Eva and their families.

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