Herbert H. Hamilton
CRUMPTON — Herbert Harry Hamilton passed away on Feb. 23, 2107, peacefully at home with his family and his wonderful caretakers by his side.
Herb was born on Jan. 2, 1935 in Barnesboro, Pa., the second son of Dr. John Leckey Hamilton and Helen Wells Hamilton. Herb spent his early and teen years attending schools in Allison Park, Pa., Grand Lake, Mich. and the family’s Wells Farm in Colliers, W.Va. He graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1953.
He continued his education at Dartmouth College and Texas Christian University. Later he joined the Navy’s Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., where he qualified as a naval aviator. He spent four years as a Navy pilot and over 10 years as a pilot in the Naval Reserves. He returned to the University of Pittsburgh to get a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Between his junior and senior year at Pitt, Herb studied abroad at the University of Vienna in Salzburg, Austria, studying the German language and music history. Herb then spent one year at the Harvard Business School, after which he was offered a job flying various aircraft testing the early 1960s sidewinder missile project for Arthur Metcalf, CEO of Electronic Corporation of America. He later returned to Harvard and was graduated from the Harvard Business School 1964. Not letting any moss grow under his feet he relocated to Guatemala working for the U.S. State Department. He returned to the U.S. in 1966 to join American Airlines, where be spent the next 30 years flying almost every class of commercial airliner and as many different international and domestic routes as possible. Consequently, he traveled to all seven continents.
Herb was truly a man for all seasons. His permanent residence for his first 20 years with American Airlines was in Riverside, Conn. During the time he was not flying the friendly skies, Herb enjoyed various activities. He was a serious farmer of 450 acres where he grew small grain crops. He was an avid downhill skier. He particularly enjoyed ocean sailing, fishing in Scotland, Alaska and Austria, fishing the waters and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and deepsea fishing in Costa Rica. In 1970, he purchased the High Standard Gun Company in Hartford, Conn.
Also in 1970, he bought his beloved Spring Landing Farm in Crumpton and began splitting his non-flying time between the farm and his residence in Connecticut. In 1986, he left Connecticut permanently and began living on his farm full time until his death.
In 1995, Herb had an FAA-mandatory retirement from American Airlines. Of course this just created the opportunity to transition into a new adventure. For Herb this was founding Agrosystems S.A., a company in Costa Rica that grew small grain parent line seeds for DeKalb, Monsanto and Delta Pine. He and his partner, Francisco Rodriguez, also were consultants for some of the first organic coffee growers and producers in Costa Rica. He and his wife, Dian Dudderar, and their Costa Rican partner, Mirthala Jenkins, founded Atenas Preescolar y Escuela Colima Azul, a nonprofit elementary school for Costa Rican children. Today its annual enrollment is 140 children ranging in age from 3 to 12.
Herb is survived by his wife, Dian Dudderar Hamilton of Crumpton and Atenas, Costa Rica; his brother, Lewis Leckey Hamilton (Lucy) of Cooperstown, N.Y. and Boca Grande, Fla.; niece Heidi Hamilton Kerko (David); nephew Brock Hamilton and his sons, Dr. Baker Hamilton (Emily), Capt. John Wells Hamilton USMC, (Lise) and John S. Hamilton; nieces Nancy Hamilton (Chip) and her daughter Ellie Styzkiel (Adam) and Elizabeth Hamilton Lavezzorio (Nicholas) and her sons William and Nicholas; his wife’s sister and brotherin-law Catherine Dudderar and John Duda and their children John (Annie) and Matthew; his wife’s brother and sister-in law Capt. Chip Dudderar USNR and Linda and their children Heidi and Kyle (Celeste); and his wife’s sister and brotherin-law Jody Dudderar and Bernardo Valdes.
Herb was pre-deceased by two brothers, John Wells Hamilton (Debbie) of Greenwich, Conn. and Richard G. Hamilton of Fairplay, Colo. He also was predeceased by his brother-in-law Gregory Harris Dudderar and stepson Matthew Bonwill DiMaggio.
Herb truly lived a rich and full life and will be over whelmingly missed.
There will be a Celebration of Life Remembrance held at 304 Spring Landing Lane, Spring Landing Farm, Crumpton at 5 p.m. June 3.
In lieu of flowers, Herb requested donations be given to the Costa Rica Kids Environmental Education Foundation Inc. a 501(C)(3) nonprofit. Donations can be sent to CRKEEF Inc., P.O. Box 26, Crumpton, MD 21628 or Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.
Arrangements by Fellows Family Funeral Home, www.fhnfuneralhome.com.